RIP Dekalb Market: Famed Brooklyn Bazaar Packs Up

Dekalb Market, the famous flea market on Flatbush Ave, has said its last goodbyes. Well, maybe it’s more of a “see ya later.”

The Brooklyn institution held its last market day yesterday, signifying the end of a yearlong stay at its current location. But vintage-lovers and street food connoisseurs shouldn’t despair just yet—the Dekalb Market is not gone for good! Construction on a new site is supposed to begin as early very soon.

The market consists of an assortment of brightly-colored, converted shipping containers housing everything from vintage clothes stores, to handmade jewelry vendors, to a specialty donut shop. The market touts its attention to quality, sustainability, and education—it evens provide culinary lessons and urban agriculture workshops during the growing season.

The land on which the market currently sits will be used as part of the second phase of the City Point residential and retail development project—an initiative aimed at expanding downtown Brooklyn, encompassing 1.6 million square feet. The market will be replaced by shiny new buildings, including a Century 21 outlet. And it is purportedly moving to another place as early as October.  Eldon Scott, the director of Urban Space, told Eater NY:

“The project was designed in the beginning to be moveable. We had the opportunity to do it on the site until [the City Point developers] started construction, which is great. Our idea of sustainability is to be lightweight and able to move. So, in terms of the green footprint of this project, it’s tremendous. We’ve been negotiating with a couple of sites, and since the announcement, we’ve been getting even more interest, so I think we’re going to be in a great position to come up with a new awesome location.”

The market may be moveable by nature, but many of the vendors aren’t so flexible. With the new location still an unknown, some merchants worry that they won’t find a new home, especially during the construction period.

“We’re finally doing well and have returning customers and now we have to move,” Jessica Chen, owner of the bathing suit company Kooj, told the New York Daily News.

Sponsored by Puma and The Village Voice, the goodbye party on Sunday featured ping-pong tables, pigs roasting on spits, and a bouncy castle. Brooklyn-based artists Monogold, Dinowalrus and Sinkane also preformed. While it’s hard to say goodbye to a beloved Brooklyn hotspot, we can hopefully look forward to seeing these neon Lego blocks stacked up in another, even better location.

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