Two new indoor flea markets open in New York City
Two new indoor flea markets have opened in New York City, both in high-end mini-mall-like locations, with deluxe appointments and correspondingly high rents.
The Limelight Marketplace at 6th Ave and 20th Street in Manhattan was formerly a rather storied nightclub that was originally a church. Now it is home to 60 food, apparel, and jewelry vendors crammed into three floors built within the old church walls. The venue was subjected to a funny but an amazingly negative review in the Village Voice, but check it out if only for the photos. A more balanced account is also available. It opened about two months ago.
Just over a bridge and into Brooklyn, another indoor flea market started with a soft opening early this year, had half its spaces filled by mid-April, and recently reported full occupancy. It is being run by a company that rents small office spaces to businesspeople, and this extends the model to retailers. Located in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Shops @ Green Desk market hosts about 20 vendors and charges $750 to $1,800 per month.
One retailer at the Shops @ Green Desk is Andrea Lucille Shin of Andrea Lucille Designs. A 10-year vet of juried art shows, Shin is very satisfied with her 9-foot-by-30-foot space, which serves as both her workshop and her selling space. “For me it has worked out really well. I’m on the street and it looks like a real store.” She also has good things to say about the venue. “Everything is with glass panels. It is very light and airy.” She says that is does not have a traditional flea market feel. “It’s not a flea market at all,” according to Shin.