Buy your gifts at a makers market in Brooklyn or Queens
Instead of: The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
During the holiday season, you can find a pop-up market in nearly every neighborhood. Skip the big players, which can be overrun by tourists and often feature the same brands, and head to an artists’ market a little farther afield. In Queens, Astoria Market is taking over the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden for select Sundays in December (December 8 & 15) with vendors peddling baked, vintage, and handmade goods. Also in Astoria, the Queens Craft Brigade brings together more than 25 makers selling art, jewelry, clothes, and more on December 8 and 15. This year, the NY Handmade Collective’s Holiday Handmade Cavalcade returns to the Brooklyn Historical Society (December 7-8) as well as Chelsea Market (December 9-15) with an array of handmade wares from local artisans.