Last Tuesday, leaders from the city’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) joined Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Borough President Eric Adams to announce a $2.7 million investment to improve the Moore Street Market.
The funds will enhance the 15,000-square-foot site at 110 Moore Street in East Williamsburg, including repairing the roof, installing street-level windows, and updating the heating and cooling systems.
In the fall, EDC will contract a designer to begin a master planning process for the scope of the renovations.
“This market is an important part of our city’s cultural fabric,” said EDC President James Patchett. “With this investment, we can ensure it meets the needs of local businesses and shoppers.”
The Moore Street Market, which first opened in 1941, currently houses 15 vendors. They sell fresh produce and seafood, specialty foods, craft items and personal care services.
The market also offers year-round cooking classes and small business seminars.
Reynoso said the market, also known as “La Marqueta de Williamsburg,” has offered goods and services that are reflective of the community’s roots.
“Its existence is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing and civic engagement in a community that has long lacked access to resources,” Adams added. “With this capital funding, we are marking long-term investments in the vitality of a true neighborhood amenity.”
The community organization El Puente will serve as Moore Street Market’s official community partner. The group will provide a range of services, including creating weekly and monthly cooking classes, sewing seminars and reading workshops.
El Puente will also coordinate the design and installation of a new market mural, assist with developing other pop-up and seasonal events, and oversee marketing and promotions at the market.
Dr. Frances Lucerna, co-founder and executive director of El Puente, said they are proud to continue their partnership with EDC.
“El Puente remains committed to cultivating resources for the market so that it continues to serve its mission on promoting local businesses that are the backbone of our community,” Lucerna said, “and be a cultural hub that not only celebrates our Latino culture, but aims to continue bridging all cultural practices of Williamsburg’s diverse population.”