NEW YORK--The North Bridge, which spans the West Side Highway and connects New York's World Financial Center with the World Trade Center, has been transformed into "The World Bridge Market," with over 80 boutiques selling ties, jewelry, hats, scarves, textiles and gifts from around the world.
The market officially kicks off today and runs through June 8. "Our motto is no T-shirts, no tube socks, no chain stores," said Eldon Scott, director of Urban Space Management, a developer and manager of specialty retail projects, which organized World Bridge Market.
Among the firms setting up shop along the 400-by-40-foot bridge: Antique Source, Asia Society Museum Shop, Zona and Cooper-Hewitt Museum Shop. They are renting space from the World Financial Center and will donate a percentage of their sales to the International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933 by Albert Einstein to give aid to refugees.
The market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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