BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
The New York Hall of Science will once again be home to the Queens International Night Market this spring in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the museum has released a sneak peek of what guests can expect this year.
To alleviate traffic, capacity issues and noise on its opening night on May 5, the night market is selling a limited number of tickets for two sneak preview events on April 21 and April 28. Admission to the event must be purchased in advanced and only costs $5 for those over 12 years of age. A total of 20 percent of the proceeds will go towards charity.
“The Night Market is all about community and culture, and we aspire to give back as much as we possibly can,” said Queens Night Market founder John Wang. “Across all of last year, we ended up raising and donating more money to charity than we actually made in profits. We’re still exploring the best organizations to support this year and are certainly open to suggestions.”
The market is expected to draw more than 600,000 visitors from more than 80 countries this year, and offer a variety of vendors and food.
“In order to create a uniquely diverse and welcoming event, we have focused almost obsessively on affordability and accessibility,” said Wang. “As a testament to that, we continue to draw perhaps the most diverse crowds in NYC—it feels like a true cross section of NYC is in attendance on any given night. That’s really what makes the whole endeavor worthwhile.”
This year’s market will include some newbies, such as Thai Roasted Crickets; Mexican Tacos Al Pastor, Indian Parantha, Chole Bhature and Kachori; Italian Porchetta; Moldovan Waffle Rolls; and Brazilian Coxinha and Sonho.
Some of the returning favorites will include Trinidadian shark sandwiches, Burmese palatas, Indonesian kue pancong, Peruvian ceviche, Persian crispy rice, Salvadoran pupusas, Malaysian “ramly” burgers, Chilean completos and chacacero.
The market will host art vendors and feature live performances. For more information, visit queensnightmarket.com.