Smorgasburg-Style Food Market Coming to Roosevelt Island

By Lindsay Armstrong on June 16, 2014 4:02pm 

 A view of the waterfront space in 2012 when it hosted a restaurant. The pier was closed last summer due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.
A view of the waterfront space in 2012 when it hosted a restaurant. The pier was closed last summer due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — It's like Smorgasburg — with even better views.

A recently reopened Roosevelt Island pier will host food vendors on weekends starting at the end of the month, drawing inspiration from the popular Williamsburg outdoor market, organizers said. 

The pier, which sits along the western edge of the island near the subway and tram stations, reopened only a month ago after undergoing renovations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It offers views of Manhattan, the East River and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.

Food vendors from Roosevelt Island will begin setting up shop on the pier on June 28, and the full group of vendors will launch on Fourth of July weekend.

The pier, operated by the Hudson and Related Companies, will host food vendors on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m., closing for the season on Sept. 21.

Hudson Companies spokesman Joshua Glasser said the developer envisioned a space similar to Smorgasburg, with booths hosting a variety of vendors and seating for the public.

He added that organizers hope to provide an opportunity for Roosevelt Island vendors, as well as drawing new businesses to the island.

"We’d love for it to be a space for anyone who has that food vendor dream or that one great idea," Glasser said. "We’d love for this to be sort of an incubator of sorts for people to try it out."

Hudson and Related are currently seeking input from the community on what kinds of food people would like to see served in the space, as well as applications from vendors. They did not reveal how many vendors would be picked.

The 4,000-square-foot pier previously hosted an outdoor restaurant, Pier NYC, from the owners of Roosevelt Island's Riverwalk Bar and Grill, in the summer of 2012.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation recently completed repairs on the space after the pier sustained significant damage during Sandy. It was also renamed Eleanor's Pier in honor of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Eleanor’s Pier will be the perfect hotspot for New Yorkers to bask in the summer sunshine and savor local city bites, while taking in the views of Manhattan’s east side,” Glasser said.

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