Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Amsterdam Market is Back! Also this weekend: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic!

Looking for something to do this weekend?

The New Amsterdam Market makes its triumphant seasonal return to the South Street Seaport this Sunday, June 27. Here, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect picnic: breads from Amy’s Bread, Balthazar, and Eli’s Bread; a huge variety of cheese from cheesemongers like Beekman1802, Cellars at Jasper Hill, and Cooperstown Cheese Company; along with plenty of fresh fruit from local farms. Also keep an eye out for ice cream from The Bent Spoon, and chilled bottles of hard cider and wine – just what you’ll need to keep from swooning in this latest heat wave!

If you want to make a full day of it, get to the New Amsterdam Market right at 11 am so that you can make an early beeline for the ferry to Governors Island, where you can enjoy your picnic among the 19th century former military forts and barrack housing. Sound a little too tame for you? Then, don your fanciest summer garb, and head over to the Third Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic!

Ladies, wear your biggest hats and be sure to bring a pair of binoculars so you can see the polo match up close and personal. The people-watching isn’t bad either – Prince Harry will be competing again this year, and last year’s celebrity attendees included Madonna, Kate Hudson, Marc Jacobs & Lorenzo Martone, and LL Cool J. The match begins at 3 (rain or shine!), but the event starts much earlier (and ferry lines for Governors Island are notoriously long). The event is free to attend, and food and drink will be available for purchase (champagne by Veuve Clicquot and concessions by Blue Smoke, Box Frites, and El Verano Taqueria).

New Amsterdam Market: 11am – 4pm, cash only, South Street Seaport,

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic: Governors Island, 3pm-4pm, Governors Island ferry is free (schedule and directions)

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