Last summer, after a long turf battle, the New Amsterdam Market was given the boot from the South Street Seaport, bringing the well-liked produce and provisions market to an end after nine years. Shortly after, organizer Robert LaValva announced that he was on the hunt for a new home and it looks like now he has found it on the cobble-stone covered Bond Street in Noho.
Neighbors recently received documents from the NoHo Business Improvement District outlining the market's plans: LaValva and the NoHo BID team hope to operate a 30-40 vendor market year-round on Saturdays, with the street closed off and vendors set up in the "curb" lanes on both the north and south sides of the street. But, it's early days and the team seems open to suggestions and requests from neighbors like perhaps operating on Sundays or setting up the stalls in a way that keeps the street open to cars.
Either way, fans of the market including chefs like April Bloomfield, Michael Anthony, Peter Hoffman, and Floyd Cardoz, will have to wait a little while longer for its return. LaValva and NoHo BID need the support of Community Board 2 and a permit from the city to open. They are meeting with neighbors and local restaurants now, will appear before the board in September, and hope to be open some time before the end of the year.
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