Date: Jun 18, 2009
Press Release Number: 74-2009
New Greenmarket Opens at Port Authority Bus Terminal
The Port Authority's signature midtown bus terminal today opened its first Greenmarket, providing the more than 200,000 daily commuters and community residents a convenient indoor location to purchase farm-fresh items.
The Greenmarket, located in the bus terminal's North Wing, will offer for sale fruits, organic vegetables, baked goods, condiments, soups and sandwiches from Katchkie Farms in Kinderhook, N.Y. and Prospect Hill Orchard in Milton, N.Y.
The market will be open every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the North Wing's Main Concourse, at Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street. It is the only year-round market located within a 25-block radius of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "We've been working hard to make this world-class facility a part of this world-class neighborhood, and at the same time to provide a more customer-friendly experience for the traveling public. This market is a first for this signature building and will be a key neighborhood resource and an important amenity for those who commute each day by bus."
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, "The apples, strawberries and other tasty treats that this market will sell benefits residents and commuters alike while being consistent with our sustainability goals. We hope that people will take advantage of this weekly resource conveniently located right in their backyard."
Council on the Environment of New York City Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen said, "We are thrilled to partner with Port Authority on the Bus Terminal Greenmarket. Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets has expanded to include 50; a remarkable
achievement for the local food movement. Greenmarket is one of the ways we work alongside residents to create a healthy living environment in New York City."
Greenmarket Director Michael Hurwitz said, "What better way to increase access to healthy, fresh, local to as many residents as possible than by opening a market in the Port Authority Bus Terminal - a transportation hub that receives 210,000 visitors daily."
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Jen Friedberg, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Greenville Yard-Port Authority Marine Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region's Core tunnel project.