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For more than 75 years, New York City has had a network of publicly-owned markets to provide affordable fresh and prepared foods to local neighborhoods. These tours seek to highlight not only the history of the remaining public markets, but also the wonderful food and the people that serve it that can be found within their walls. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our Immigrant Foodways Tour of the Moore Street Market offers visitors the chance to try cuisine from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico from the market and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood, highlighting the connections between immigrant communities and local food systems. And we now offer tours of the Essex Street Market, showcasing the butchers, fishmongers, cheese purveyors, and more that make this market a cornerstone of the Lower East Side.

Moore Street Market • Essex Street Market

Public Market Tours are offered in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the vendors in the local communities.

 
 
 


Moore Street Market: Immigrant Foodways Tour

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Man holds a platter of meat and a woman tastes meat on a toothpick and smiles

• Select Saturdays at 11am • Walking •


From farms to pushcarts to public markets, this 2-hour walking and tasting tour explores historical aspects of New York’s food system and the influence of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and cuisines on the past and present of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, today the eastern section of Williamsburg serves up herbal tea remedies from Mexicosounds of salsa, and traditional ingredients. Based on more than 20 oral history interviews with neighborhood residents and local business owners, and on original archival research, this tour explores the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” and takes an in-depth look at the Moore Street Market, built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and today a centerpiece of the Spanish-speaking community. The tour includes 6-8 generous tastings from market vendors and local eateries.

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Essex Street Market Tour

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Outdoor photo of a one-story public market with an entrance on the ground floor and windows up above the entrances. Flags that bear the name Essex Street Market fly above the windows and plants are lined up outside the market as people pass by.

• Sundays at 11:30am • Walking •


Join us for an exploration of the Essex Street Market, a centerpiece of the Lower East Side community for more than 75 years. On this 90-minute walking and tasting tour, we will visit with 5-6 vendors, from fishmongers and cheesemongers to bakers, coffee roasters, and restaurateurs. We’ll taste their delicious food and learn about the role the market has played in the evolution of their respective businesses, both vendors who have been there for decades and newcomers. We will rotate the featured vendors from week to week, but tastings may include European and American farmstead cheeses, fresh-baked bagels and breads, coffee, rice balls, fish sandwiches, tacos, spinach pies, or a sampling of Japanese dishes. Along the way, we will also explore the past, present, and future of New York City’s public market system, from its beginnings in the 1930’s under Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, to its role today in providing quality food and opportunities for businesses to launch and grow. We will also look at the historical and contemporary intersections with street vending and the city’s food distribution systems, as well as discussing the future of the market as part of the Essex Crossing redevelopment project. 

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