The Queens Night Market — the international food lover's paradise that sells affordable food from around the world — is opening for the season in April with two "sneak peek" events that will charge a small admission fee in a bid to make crowd sizes more tolerable.
The market — which has been held behind the New York Hall of Science for the past two years without an admission fee — drew massive crowds on its last two opening nights.
This time around, organizers are testing out a $5 admission fee to try to keep the crowds more manageable on the first two opening weekends — April 22 and April 29.
Tickets will be $5 for adults, and half of the proceeds will be donated to three local non-profits: the New York Immigration Coalition, the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Fund, and the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Alliance. Children under 12 are free.
You can buy tickets for both weekends here.
The market will return to its regular free entry for all on May 6.
Vendors can still apply to sell at this year's market, but there are already a number of vendors signed up, selling goodies such as Romanian chimney cakes, Burmese palatas and Middle Eastern stews.
New cuisines represented this year include Indonesian, Nigerian, Puerto Rican, Ecuadorian and Macedonian.
“Just as much as New York City is a global financial center, it is also a city of small businesses and immigrants," John Wang, the market's founder, said in a statement last week.
"The neighborhoods and the cultural landscape here are inextricably shaped and driven by small enterprises and the unparalleled diversity," Wang said.