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ABCD Farmers Market Tour NYC

  • Subject: [cg] ABCD Farmers Market Tour NYC
  • From: Nancy Allen nana@oz.net
  • Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 09:00:32 -0700

Title: ABCD Farmers Market Tour NYC

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From: "Harriet Festing" <hfesting@pps.org>
Reply-To: abcd@listserv.it.northwestern.edu
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 16:08:57 -0400
To: <abcd@listserv.it.northwestern.edu>
Subject: 'Great Markets, Great Cities' conference

> Friends,
> This conference is a MUST for anyone involved in asset-based community
> development http://www.pps.org/PublicMarkets/PMC_Main.  We've a great
> selection of speakers and an amazing set of tours.  With just a couple
> of weeks left before the registration price goes up, you should
> starting moving now to reserve your space:
> Here's the latest list of conference tours and speakers we've got
> lined up:
> Flushing * Jackson Heights * Jamaica
> During the last three decades of intense immigration, the borough of
> Queens has experienced "ethnic revival" in formerly depressed
> neighborhoods served by subways. The preparation, distribution and
> consumption of food is central to these commercial areas. Markets
> respond to ongoing change of NYC's demography, neighborhood
> re-investment and lifestyles.
> Jamaica is Long Island's railroad center but lost much of its commerce
> to automobile-based suburbanization. The Food Fest and Farmer's market
> was an early centerpiece of planned economic redevelopment which has
> since been complemented by office and entertainment complexes. Further
> down Jamaica Avenue, a cluster of Salvadoran groceries and restaurants
> has emerged. Vestiges of Queens' original wholesale food market remain
> adjacent to the main Long Island Rail Road station.
> Flushing is home to a frenetic boom in East Asian commerce occupying
> new taller buildings, former automobile-dominated parcels and a
> rezoned industrial area. Korean and Chinese development styles have
> diverged considerably. Also, recent construction of shopping malls,
> large supermarkets and a new Farmer's Market compete with traditional
> shopping while food courts and supermarket prepared meals compete with
> storefront restaurants. This is our lunch stop.
> Queens' two most popular subway lines intersect in Jackson Heights
> near the most ethnically diverse census tracts of the nation. The
> surrounding streets support ethnic shopping concentrations that are
> drawn to this accessibility. Filipino, Korean, South Asian and South
> American shops find their niche in this tight geography. Groceries,
> bakeries and restaurants are typical draws.
> TOUR LEADER: Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, Urban
> Geographer.<mailto:jaconet@aol.com>
> Tour Limit: 30 particpants
> East Harlem * Lower Central Harlem * Belmont
> For more than a century, the neighborhood of Belmont in the Bronx has
> been a dense Italian community; at one time, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
> Church held 19 Italian masses every Sunday. In the last 20 years,
> following three decades of decline, including the departure of many
> second and third generation families to the suburbs, Belmont has
> undergone a major revival and is now the one of the most popular Bronx
> destinations after the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens
> (plus Yankee Stadium when they're winning). Anchored by an indoor
> retail market that dates to the LaGuardia era, the neighborhood is
> known for restaurants, cafes, bakeries and specialty food shops, some
> owned by the same family for 70 years or more. The market itself was
> in dire shape through the early 80s, when merchants and community
> organizations rallied to renovate it, knowing that its survival was
> critical to keeping the neighborhood together. Interestingly, the
> neighborhood is no longer residentially Italian; we will examine these
> contrasts as part of our tour, which will also include opportunities
> to explore shops and markets, taste and buy some delicious food, and
> have lunch.
> Depending on time and weather, our group will make an initial stop in
> East Harlem and walk west for a short visit to the Malcolm Shabazz
> African Market, an incubator for local small entrepreneurs (plus a
> tourist destination and a neighborhood anchor). From here we'll take a
> subway to the Bronx.
> TOUR LEADER: Myra Alperson, Editor, NoshNews & Leader, NoshWalks
> Tour Limit: 25 particpants
> Grand Central Market * Union Square Greenmarket * Chinatown retail and
> market district * Essex Street Market * Fulton Fish Market *
> WTC/Ground Zero * Gansevoort Market District.
> Nostalgic for the Greenmarket at the former World Trade Center plaza
> that 'became a lunchtime destination for thousands of people', the
> City Council are proposing a public market at the WTC site, to create
> a 'street feel' that's different to other places in the city.  What is
> should look like and how it should operate is already an issue of
> debate.
> The Council is no doubt also influenced by the city's most celebrated
> public market, the Union Square Greenmarkets. This open-air farmers
> market is held four times a week in a three-square-block urban park.
> Once a major hub of activity in New York City, Union Square Park had
> fallen into disrepair by the 1970s and was widely considered to be
> unsafe. The establishment of the market in 1976 is considered to have
> been crucial in the revitalization of the surrounding area.
> As plans for one new market develops, there's fear for the loss of
> others - Fulton Fish Market and Gansevoort Market District claim to be
> suffering from the growing pressures of gentrification.  A million
> pounds of meat still goes through Gansevoort market each day - the
> major problem is that it "wakes the people up" says one old-time
> butcher.  
> This leads us to the question, how do you prevent a neighborhood from
> losing the asset that made it so appealing in the first place?  Join
> us on this tour to discuss these and other issues.
> Chinatown retail and market district * Fulton Fish Market * Grand Army
> Plaza Greenmarket * Park Slope Food Coop * Sunset Park Farmers Market
> * Red Hook Farmers Market and 'Added-Value' community food scheme.
> Two of New York's network of Greenmarkets are on the schedule for this
> tour. Held in parks, playgrounds, parking lots, sidewalks and closed
> streets, the 28 market locations in the network are scattered across
> Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. Of these 28, 10
> locations operate year-round.  The impact of the markets on the city
> and surrounding rural areas is significant: around 200 farmers make
> the livelihood through the markets; 250,000 customers frequent the
> markets every week in peak season and over 105 restaurants obtain
> ingredients from Greenmarket farmers each week.  
> You'll also have the chance to learn more about the 'The New Farmer
> Development Project' (NFDP) run jointly by Greenmarket and Cornell
> Cooperative Extension/NYC.  The program trains and supports
> agriculturally experienced immigrants in the NYC vicinity in to help
> them establish environmentally and economically sustainable farm
> operations, with emphasis on direct market production.
> Red Hook farmer Market is one of the many city markets that is not in
> the Greenmarket network (there are a total of 46 farmers markets in
> NYC).  This new and small (6 vendor) market is operated by the youth
> participants of 'Added Value' a youth development program involved in
> social and economic entrepreneurship training.  Youth are involved in
> the growing, selling and management of their enterprise.
> Join us on this food and farming orientated tour to share ideas about
> ways to support the urban economy through rural development and urban
> gardening.  
> Balsey Park Greenmarket * Zabars gourmet food store * La Marqueta
> Public Market *La Marqueta Farmers Market * Belmont retail district *
> Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market * Harlem Renaissance Farmers Market.
> House prices rise when they're close to Zabars, the "landmark gourmet
> food store".  It's beauty is said to lie in its total chaos - there
> are no fancy displays and shelves are packed with rotisserie chickens,
> pates, smoked salmon, hams, knishes, matzo ball soups, desserts of all
> kinds, breads, coffee and teas, French crepes, Dutch chocolates...
> Though treated with equal levels of fondness, La Marqueta is more
> empty than full.  Created in 1936 to provide a permanent home for
> pushcart vendors, the market has served the Puerto Rican and Latino
> community for more than 60 years.  Attempts to revitalize the market
> began in 1980 and its redevelopment has been slow.  The establishment
> of the outdoors 'La Marquets Farmers Market' is one of a number of
> revitalization strategies.
> Up the road is Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market.  The area has the
> African Traders Market - textiles, clothing, crafts, jewelry & a
> healthy dose of tourist schlock - as well as a new array of
> privately-owned stores. Supported by the economic development
> corporation tied to the local mosque, the market has been an important
> neighborhood anchor, spurring other types of commercial development to
> cater to the Francophone West Africans who have settled in the
> neighborhood.   
> Join this tour to discuss the benefits and challenges of creating and
> rejuvenating great public markets.
> ***************************************************************
> (early morning tour, 6:00am to 8:00am, self-guided; maps and
> descriptions available at conference)
> 6th Avenue Flea Market
> ***************************************************************
> (early morning tour, 5:00am to 8:00am, self-guided; maps and
> descriptions available at conference)
> Gansevoort Market District * Fulton Fish Market * The Flower District
> One of the oldest commercial neighborhoods in the city, the route of
> Gansevoort Street can be identified on maps from the early eighteenth
> century.  In 1900, 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants filled the
> district; by the 1930s, those houses produced the nation's
> third-largest volume of dressed meats. Even 20 years ago, beef and
> pork still ruled the 20 blocks west of Greenwich Village.  (There was
> once even a special cattle crossing over the waterfront.)
> Though still home to approximately 38 meat-related businesses, the
> area is undergoing a rapid transformation under pressure from
> Manhattan's overheated real estate market.  The markets struggle as
> rents rise and trendy nightclubs move in.  Third-generation meat man,
> Joe Nemecek, points out the contradictions - "Some of the new
> restaurants don't care if we stay or not," he says, "but they still
> want deliveries every day. They want their customers to see us coming
> into their places in our white coats with a fresh pig over our
> shoulders."
> The only people talking loudly about the Flower District now, are the
> estate agents selling apartments in one of the choicest and priciest
> residential neighborhoods in Manhattan.  Said to be the smallest and
> most threatened among the City's remaining single-trade districts, the
> Flower District offers tenders blossoms sold from dilapidated
> buildings.
> As the largest wholesale seafood market in the U.S., the Fulton Fish
> Market is a long way from disappearing.  The market is home to around
> 60 different wholesale companies, with 2,000 people working directly
> or indirectly at the market and a turnover of $800 million to $1
> billion (1995 figure). The threat relates to its location - for more
> than 160 years the Fulton Fish Market has greeted the dawn from its
> location in Manhattan under the Brooklyn Bridge.  This is set to
> change, however, as the city progresses with its plan to move the
> historic market to a multimillion-dollar facility in Hunts Point
> *    Leadership and leading change in communities
> *    NYC: world class markets
> *    Markets and the new civic square
> *    A Public Market for the World Trade Center Site?
> *    Street Vending: Markets or Mayhem?
> *    Markets serving Low Income Communities
> *    Economic Spin-off of Markets
> *    How Successful Are You?  Evaluating Your Market
> *    Markets as Instruments of Social Welfare
> *    Challenges in Attracting New Farmers
> *    Getting and keeping your customers
> *    Fundraising and market development
> *    Markets in Europe
> *    The changing face of markets: where do we go from here
> PLUS - Market manager roundtables and brown bag sessions to be
> arranged
> Aaron Pohl-Zaretsky, Founding Executive Director, Grove Arcade Public
> Market, North Carolina
> Andre Esselink, General Secretary, European Federation of Market
> Traders, Netherlands
> Andrew Berman, Executive Director, 'Save Gansevoort Market', Greenwich
> Village Society for Historic Preservation, New York
> Bob Lewis, Chief Marketing Representative, NY State Dept. of
> Agriculture
> Bob McNulty, President, Partners for Livable Communities
> Dan Lieberman, Executive Director, Pike Place Market, Seattle
> Eldon Scott, Partner, Urban Space Management New York, includes Union
> Square Holiday Market, New York
> Elena Patiño, Project Manager at the Women in Informal Employment:
> Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Project, Kennedy School of
> Government, Harvard University
> Elvin Padilla, Mercado Project Director, El Mercado, Philadelphia
> Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces
> Gus Schumacher, Former Undersecretary of Agriculture for Foreign
> Agricultural Services, USDA
> Helen Tangires, Treasurer, National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced
> Study in the Visual Arts, Washington D.C.
> Hugh Boyd, Hugh A. Boyd Architects.  Architects for the market at
> Grand Central Terminal, NY
> Ken Tunnicliffe, Manager, Property and Development, Granville Island,
> Vancouver
> Larry Lund, Principal, Real Estate Planning Group
> Lou Steele, Principal with Commercial Realty Resources Inc., manager
> of the City Market, Kansas City
> Mari Simbana, Santa Fe Farmers Market, NM
> Monika Roth, Extension Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
> Paul Stoller, Author and Professor of Anthropology, West Chester
> University, Pennsylvania
> Philip Powell, Markets Manager, ByWard Market, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada
> Nina Planck, Former Director of the London Farmers' Markets
> Pius Lee, Co-Chair, Chinatown Night Market, San Francisco
> Ray Bromely, Professor of Geography and Planning, State University of
> New York at Albany
> Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Economics Institute, Crescent
> City Farmers Market, New Orleans
> Robert Lederman, President of A.R.T.I.S.T. (Artists' Response To
> Illegal State Tactics), New York City street artist, writer, community
> activist, U.S. Supreme Court litigant
> Ron Paul, Chief of Staff to Commissioner Hales, Portland Public
> Market, Oregon
> Sean Basinski, attorney and Director of the Street Vendor Project at
> the Urban Justice Center, New York City
> Shannon Light, River Market Manager, River Market, Little Rock,
> Arkansas
> Steve Balkin, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Roosevelt
> University, founder of OPENAIR MARKET NET, Chicago
> Steve Davies, Vice President, Public Market Collaborative at Project
> for Public Spaces
> Tony Manetta, Director, New York City Greenmarkets
> William "Chip" Mellor, President and General Counsel at the Institute
> for Justice, Washington, D.C
> Harriet Festing
> Assistant Vice President, Marketing
> Project for Public Spaces
> 153 Waverly Place, 4th floor
> New York, NY 10014
> hfesting@pps.org
> 212-620-5660
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