New York City Flower Market: Christmas Edition

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in My Blog | Leave a comment

The Flower Market in New York City was not what I had imagined.  For some reason, I was expecting an outdoor market or a warehouse on the water.  Not so.  Typical of New York, even the Flower Market is an urban thing.   It’s a series of stores in Chelsea on 28th Street, between 6th (Avenue of the Americas) and 7th Avenues, a short walk from Penn Station.

 

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A collection of mostly wholesale, but also some retail stores, the market is a mecca of all things floral, including cut flowers, greens, containers, and silk botanicals.  At Christmas time, there’s also a collection of Christmas goodies.

 

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The florists vans start showing up around 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. but you don’t have to get there that early if you just want to look around.  Some of the stores close at 10:30 a.m., with select retailers staying open until later in the day, so plan your trip accordingly.  Some of those wholesalers want to see a florists licence when you enter their store.  Also, the wholesalers are selling bulk flowers, so if you are permitted to purchase flowers, expect to buy in bulk.

 

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The NYC Flower Market has been around for more than 100 years, so it’s an institution with a lot of history.  Perhaps because of that, it’s a bit of an intimidating place to negotiate, and as I newbie, I definitely felt like I was missing the secret handshake (or perhaps just a florist’s licence), but it was absolutely worth the trip. 

I’m already planning a Spring trip!

 

 

 

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