Quinn Focuses on Food – and the New Amsterdam Market

Christine Quinn, Margaret Chin, Robert LaValva

On Monday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn released a comprehensive report and plan for creating a sustainable and affordable food system in New York City.  Gotham Gazette and Civil Eats both have good articles looking at her proposals. In the lead-up to the speech , Quinn came to the New Amsterdam Market recently, lending her support to the campaign for a 7-day-a-week public market at the Seaport.

Appearing with City Councilmember Margaret Chin and New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva, the speaker praised a new food stamp program at the market (which the Council is helping to fund). In her remarks, Quinn also expressed more emphatic support for establishing a fresh food hall inside the historic Fulton Fish Market buildings.

Weekend Guide

What’s on our calendar for the weekend?  Well, we have our (previously noted) Weekend Music Picks, shows from Joey Arias and Kate Clinton, a festival of Art in Odd Places and — a few other items of note:

  • This week’s Midnight Movie at the Sunshine is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Terry Gilliam’s fantasmagoric odyssey based on Hunter S. Thompson‘s book of the same name.  The film is an underrated tribute to the late “gonzo” journalist and features two thrilling and quite brilliant performances from Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. $9.99 // Fri. and Sat. at midnight // 143 E. Houston.
  • The Nuyorican Poets Cafe‘s Poetic Heritage Festival continues with SLAM REVIVAL on Friday Oct. 1st at 7pm,  starring past & present Nuyorican Slam Team members  Jared Singer, Caroline Rothestein, Ken Arkind, & Carlos Andres Gomez.  This Saturday through Monday, the cafe will present a staged reading of SHANGO DE IMA by Pepe Carril and adapted by Susan Sherman.  The readings will be directed by award-winning director Rome Neal with the Orisha music performed by Grammy-nominated Wilson “Chembo” Corniel. Also starring Audelco Award-winning actor Lloyd Goodman.  $10 // 7pm // 236 East 3rd Street.
  • The New Amsterdam Market is back down at South Street & Peck Slip on Sunday from 11a – 4p with a slew of local vendors and purveyors offering L.E.S.  favorites like Saxelby Cheesmongers to Rick’s Picks to Luke’s Lobster.

New Amsterdam Market Woos Local Shoppers

Photo via the New Amsterdam Market's Facebook page.

Last Sunday, we stopped by the New Amsterdam Market (NAM) to see how the vendors are adjusting to the new weekly schedule (they’ll be at the Seaport every weekend through December 19th).

While we didn’t toss off our shoes and partake in the grape stomping (see photo), there were plenty of other attractions to check out, including fresh produce from Breezy Hill Orchard, Saxelby Cheesemongers Porchetta and Rick’s Picks.

L’Oubli’s Debut, Ramen on Ludlow, Ice Cream Sunday

Brasserie Cognac mixologist Ben Demarchelier is getting ready for tonight’s debut of L’Oubli, his new cocktail and small plates spot at 188 Suffolk Street. No food this evening – but drinks will be served from 5pm until closing.

New Amsterdam Market Debuts 2010 Season Sunday

A reminder that the New Amsterdam Market returns to the Seaport this Sunday from 11am-4pm. More than 60 vendors will be represented, including some of the region’s best bread bakers, such as Pain D’Avignon (the Essex Street Market’s newest tenant). Another Essex Street merchant, Saxelby Cheesmongers has teamed up with Mother-in-law’s Kimichi to make grilled vheese sandwiches with kimchi.  By the way, you can listen to Ann Saxelby interviewing Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva on the Heritage Radio Network. And, if you missed it, here’s the link to our interview in April with LaValva.

LES Food Wire

The New Amsterdam Market doesn’t return to the South Street Seaport until June 27th. But you’ll get a taste of what’s to come Saturday at the New York Marble Cemetery on 2nd Avenue. The City of Merchants fundraiser supports the Market and features all kinds of wholesome foods from local purveyors. See more information here.

LaValva’s Seaport Market Vision Coming Into Focus

New Amsterdam Market, last year.

When City Council Speaker Christine Quinn proposed a large scale regional food market at the South Street Seaport in her State of the City Address last month, no one was listening more intently than Robert LaValva.  After five years of hard work pursuing his vision for the Seaport, her announcement was music to his ears.  LaValva, the founder of the highly regarded New Amsterdam Market, had been invited to attend the speech by the Speaker, and was right there in City Hall’s Council Chambers for the occasion.