UrbanSpace is a concept I am well familiar with. The brainchild of Eric Reynolds, UrbanSpace's beginnings can be traced back to London over forty-four years ago. What they do in a nutshell is nurture small business by creating vibrant new places for community and commerciality to gather. In other words, they cultivate creatively rich environments and establish locations where local artisans collaborate, exchange ideas, and showcase their wares. They also build community by transforming city spaces and providing platforms to help these developing entrepreneurs succeed.
Continuing the London precedent, UrbanSpace hit the American shores in 1994, and since, have stimulated economic growth by providing vibrant meeting places across the boroughs where they conduct a series of seasonal pop-up markets along the thoroughfares of New York City; events that feature an ever-changing roster of chefs and culinary artisans who bring a dynamic array of food and design to unexpected public venues.
This version of UrbanSpace's pop-up market, is located in Greeley Square Park at the intersection of 33rd Street and Broadway. But this was no typical market. Conversely, on hand were a mind-boggling assortment of chefs, small culinary businesses and artisan producers; many working in uniquely configured outdoor kitchens. The array of unique offerings were not only diverse, but prepared with an eye toward quality.
Just a few of the vendors on hand included; Roberta’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Mayhem & Stout, Mexicue, Brooklyn Taco, Gelato Ti Amo, La Newyorkina, Onigiri by Tampopo and Breads Bakery.
In the heart of midtown, Broadway Bites is not only a welcomed oasis from the concrete canyon, but in step with UrbanSpace's mission, is truly a fun and unique place to congregate and relax while enjoying some of New York's good eats!