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Flushing’s Crowd-Favorite Queens Night Market Is Planning a Spring 2021 Return

Plus, only 12 percent of eligible businesses in NYC received PPP funding — and more intel

Queens Night Market
Queens Night Market in 2016
Queens Night Market

Queens Night Market is plotting a spring 2021 comeback

The Queens Night Market, a popular open-air food bazaar, is making a return in 2021 after being forced to cancel its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is set to tentatively resume on April 17 at the New York Hall of Science at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and run through October 30, taking place every Saturday night as long pandemic-related restrictions allow for it.

“Hopefully the reopening of the Queens Night Market can come to represent a collective sigh of relief or even some small celebration of solidarity among the remarkably diverse lives and communities that make up this city,” says founder John Wang, in a statement. Since its founding in 2015, the market has served up food from more than 90 countries across the world and helped launch 300 businesses.

This year, the event has received about 100 applicants so far, and Wang is hopeful more will come on board by the time of the launch. Wang says the pandemic has taken a devastating toll on the night market’s food vendor community and he estimates that more than half the vendors have either quit the food business or hit the pause button indefinitely. Still, the event is hoping to boost sales for the vendors once again with foods from Afghanistan, Malaysia, and Sudan all slated to be represented this year, among several other countries. While the night market was cancelled last year, it operated an outpost with six vendors at the Rockefeller Center between October and November.

In other news

— An investigation by NYC comptroller Scott Stringer has revealed that only 12 percent of eligible businesses in the city received funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, despite being the epicenter of the virus early on in the U.S. In comparison, 24 percent of businesses in Nebraska received the loan.

— Brooklyn pizza icon Juliana’s has launched a take and bake service that lets customers finish off the par-baked pies at home. There are four different pies to choose from including the margherita and the pepperoni.

— Sister restaurants Mayfield and Chilo’s have started a fundraising campaign for its employee as both restaurants have been forced to shut again due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

— Day’s Cafe, the daytime offshoot of the now-hibernating Prospect Heights bar Wild Birds, is now serving up tortilla soup and focaccia bread at the establishment.

— Lower East Side’s hidden sandwich destination L’itos is hosting a chef collaboration series this month. The kitchen will be taken over by pizza master Teddy Wolff on January 16, and chef Dria Atencio and sake sommelier Jessica Joly will be serving up katsu curry sandwiches and sake cups on January 31.

New York Magazine’s the Cut looks at how ski apparel may be the answer to comfortable outdoor dining in the winter months.

— Beer brand Natural Light has created an installation composed of college diplomas at Grand Central Terminal to shine a light on college debt. The Da Vinci of Debt, as the installation is called, is part of Natty Light’s debt relief program to help students pay off their college loans.

— Brown Butter Supper Club is a new project started by Gramercy Tavern alums Diana Freedman and Annabel Sharahy to serve up “Michelin-quality” meals priced at about $35 for a main and some sides.

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