Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Taste of Moore Street Market Fundraiser -- April 25th

“A Taste of Moore Street Market” – La Marqueta de Williamsburg
Brooklyn Economic Development Fundraiser to be held on April 25, 2013

Contact Lauren Chiarello 718-368-6782

BROOKLYN, NY – April 16, 2013. Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) will host “A Taste of Moore Street Market”, showcasing the tastes and sounds of “La Marqueta de Williamsburg”, with food and salsa music. The event will celebrate the rich history of Moore Street Retail Market, Brooklyn’s last Public Market. It will be held at The Green Building, located at 452 Union Street, Brooklyn NY 11231, from 6 – 9 pm.

Among BEDC’s many programs to promote neighborhoods and entrepreneurs, the most vibrant example of its recent work is Moore Street Market, La Marqueta de Williamsburg, which BEDC has managed since 2008. This event will raise funds to continue BEDC’s ongoing work at the Market as well as its entrepreneur programs.

The honorees include:
• Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, 7th District, for her dedication and support of Moore Street Market
• NYC Councilwoman Diana Reyna, 34th District, for her steadfast support of BEDC and the vendors of Moore Street Market
• Joan Bartolomeo, President, BEDC, for her 29 years of service to BEDC and the Brooklyn Small Business Community
• Stuart P. Leffler, BEDC Board Member, for over 20 years of service on BEDC’s board of directors and his commitment to Economic Development in Brooklyn

Virgilio Rodriguez, President of the Moore Street Market Merchants Association stated, “Our businesses depend on the Moore Street Market. Through the market we have been able to provide for our families even through these tough economic times.” Of BEDC’s President and honoree he continued “Joan has helped to make this a business place that is also a community center; a place where people can connect and share our culture.”

Cindy VandenBosch, owner of Turnstile Tours regularly shares the culinary traditions, foods, music, and cultural life of the Moore Street Market with visitors. “The honorees have helped develop businesses that support the livelihoods of immigrants and migrants in the community, even for the smallest of businesses. There are pushcarts that could be rented for people who can’t afford a stall and will soon be an urban farm, commercial kitchen, and outdoor seasonal plaza at the market.”

Tickets are $250 and sponsorship ranges from $1,000 – 5,000. For information, registration or sponsorship visit

Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation seeks to create and expand economic opportunity throughout Brooklyn by implementing business and neighborhood development and planning activities to support and create sustainable jobs, industries and communities.

Whether it was stimulating economic growth and neighborhood stability after the 1977 blackout, providing targeted financial support or bringing economic development agencies together to share ideas and best practices, BEDC has stayed committed to identifying each entrepreneur’s unique characteristics and skills and working alongside them to nurture those into business sustenance and opportunity; the kind that reaches deep into the community.

Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. All contributions above the fair market value of goods and services received are tax-deductible.

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