NYC offers you the beat wholesale flower market in the nation and it rivals the best in the world. It is located on W 28th St between 6th & 7th Avenues. The experience that awaits you at the Flower Market is wonderful because the range and depth of what is on offer is dazzling.
However this is not the place to go if you want a dainty posy of flowers tied up with a lovely ribbon. It’s a serious wholesale market for professionals who comb what is on offer with ruthless intensity and unless you have a few dos and don’ts you, as a casual visitor, will be left standing empty handed at the curb.
The market opens at 5.30am and shops start closing at 10.30am. If you are essentially a sightseer, on the lookout to buy a few bundles of flowers, get there about 8am and the intense business of the early hours will be winding down a bit.
All flowers are sold in bundles, no ready made arrangements here. The Flower Market sells the flowers that go into the ready made arrangements, so if you buy, you buy a bundle and certainly not single stalks of anything. Given this you may not want to buy, just look and that’s absolutely fine.
The range of flowers, berries, leaves and branches available is overwhelming. So take your time, walk through initially and just see what is on offer and only then buy your bundle(s).
If you have a question ask, but ask the sales associates things they know about like bloom time, price and what they have on offer, don’t ask where you can find a particular type of flower they don’t have.
Cash, cash, cash. There are places in NYC where you have to play cash and this is one of them, so have your stash ready when you arrive.
Dress for the weather. If it’s freezing cold, rug up and wear very comfortable shoes. The comfortable shoes are a must for any time of the year but your clothing should be appropriate for the weather and practical, everyday clothing. If you’re dressed to the nines you will stand out like a sore thumb.
If you love flowers you will find the Flower Market an absolute delight and you will swoon at the variety of blooms and other things on offer. It is one of the most delightful things you can do in NYC.