Last summer, we attended a sneak preview of Queens Night Market and had a delicious time as we tasted food and treats from a diverse list of vendors. We’re glad to hear that the night market will return for its fourth season at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturdays, starting April 21.
Queens Night Market, which debuted in in 2015, is NYC’s first and only regularly occurring night market. introduced a novel $5 price cap on all food and implemented uniquely accommodating vendor policies with the goal of creating a cultural event that appealed to the widest possible audience and encouraged small businesses.
“We’re still holding fast to everything important to us — affordability, accessibility, diversity. The only thing we’ve really changed since Day One is that a few dishes are priced at $6, and that’s only where margins are razor thin,” said John Wang, founder of the Night Market and former corporate attorney.
“I think we’ve shown that affordability really is the greatest equalizer, and we continue to draw perhaps the most diverse crowds in NYC. The sense of community and camaraderie at the Night Market, the feeling that a true cross section of NYC is in attendance on any given night is probably the most special thing to me.”
Over its first three seasons, the Queens Night Market welcomed more than 600,000 visitors, helped launch 200 new businesses in New York, and represented approximately 80 countries through its vendors and their food. In 2017, the event averaged 9,000 people each Saturday night. Queens Night Market expects to sell a limited number of tickets for two “sneak preview” events this year to help alleviate traffic, capacity issues, and any disruption to the surrounding community. Last year, this strategy was very effective in addressing all of these concerns, which emerged on opening night of the event’s first two years.
In addition, Queens Night Market raised and donated nearly $40k last year to various charities and causes, including immigration advocacy, NYPD and FDNY family survivor funds, NYC Parks, breast cancer research, and disaster relief in Puerto Rico and Mexico. This year, the Night Market hopes to raise significant funds to help feed those in need and is looking for organizations and community leaders who would like to partner in these efforts.