The event was held inside the French restaurant in Long Island City with outdoor seating for customers.
“We are doing this because there haven’t been many events, and it’s nice to support our neighbors,” said Sarah Obraitis, who operates the restaurant with her husband, chef Hugue Dufour.
The event attracted people from all over the city. Kenny Greenberg of Kryton Neon was selling signs, and on the other side of the market Janet Beldon was selling her handmade pottery products. Both businesses are located in Long Island City.
“I am on their mailing list, which is how I heard about the market,” said Kim Kao, who was in the front of the market selling succulents. Kao runs Scenic Succulents, which is also located in Long Island City. “I actually have been dining with them since they were operating at PS 1 MoMa.”
Other individuals were selling their own unique items, Helen Shirley was selling her “Queens get the money” sweatshirts that are also available on her Etsy shop, Triple Prime Voters.
Jayne Lies was representing Pique, a record label for marginalized talents, and was selling her own clothing designs as well as vintage items
M. Wells is located at 43-15 Cresent Street. It is known for it’s innovative cuisine. Obraitis said they are eager to welcome back diners.
“We’ve been under scaffolding for two to three years, but have a slick outdoor terrace and another 20 feet of sidewalk space,” she said. “We will surely have programming with warmer weather, and we've also re-installed our pétanque court. It’s like French bocce and is the best social-but-physically distanced sport of our time.”