I recently went to La Marqueta and hope not to return until there is new life there. It is a depressing place to visit and something must be done and very soon to revitalize La Marqueta in NYC's El Barrio, which at one time was a happening place. The place feels like a ghost town. It is sadly not worth visiting.
On the day I went, there was an outdoor festival at La Marqueta, but the community festivals don't change the fact that La Marqueta is an empty place on most days of the week. It's really sad. There are a few and I mean a few vendors still there. One said he is counting the days for his lease to be up to go out of business for good.
The city now wants to create a commercial kitchen space at La Marqueta, but whatever happens there should include the needs of community residents, and it should live up to its name "La Marqueta." The place is significant in the story of Puerto Ricans in New York City and that can't be forgotten. But whatever it is, it should be done and soon.
Here's a press release from Senator Jose M. Serrano on the latest on the plan for La Marqueta: