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NYC’s High Line will host sustainable pop-up FAD Market for Earth Day

By Jennifer Mason

Apr 19, 2022


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New York City’s traveling pop-up market, the FAD Market, that brings fashion, art, and design from a rotating roster of creators to a public that values unique finds, will hold an Earth Day event this weekend, April 23-24. The market, which has been setting up in different locations and venues around the city since its launch in 2016 from Governors Island to the Brooklyn Historical Society, will have the Earth Day fair on the High Line.

The curation of this market will highlight sustainable and local brands and the selected will represent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and women-owned designers and small businesses. The over forty brands will be selling handcrafted jewelry, clothing, skincare, tableware, and artisanal food.

The High Line is a unique 1.45-mile-long elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side created on a former rail line for freight trains run by the New York Central Railroad. After over a decade of disuse since the 1980s, a thriving garden of wild plants took over the structure and inspired the formation of a non-profit conservancy organization in 1999 called Friends of the High Line to save it from demolition and advocate for its use as a green public space.

Friends of the High Line was able to make that dream a reality another decade later, when the first section of the park opened in 2009. It is operated in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. The park is funded through public donations large and small, including a 20 million dollar gift from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation in 2011—the largest contribution to a New York City park ever, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Today, the High Line’s public gardens feature over five hundred species of plants and trees, the perfect backdrop for an Earth Day event or any of the other community art, performance, and educational offerings that are held up on the space that are free and open to all. The FAD Market will take place on the Chelsea Market Passage at 15th Street each day from 11am-6pm.

FAD Market