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Dekalb Market won’t reopen in 2012

The Brooklyn Paper

The organizers of Dekalb Market will not reopen their shipping container bazaar this year after it shuts down on Sept. 30 — reversing a promise to debut in a new location for the lucrative holiday season.

Frustrated small business owners say they’re stuck without a place to peddle their wares this fall and winter because Urban Space, the firm that runs the new-age souk, broke their leases to make room for development on the Downtown lot, then failed to find a new site for the market.

“All I’ve learned is that Urban Space doesn’t follow through on their word,” said Andriana Spence, the owner of the hip baby shop Hank & Jojo, who claims retailers make 50 to 60 percent of their gross sales during the holidays. “Holiday applications for other locations were due in July, so … for Urban Space to wait until this week to tell people they’re not moving is denying these vendors the chance to make up that money.”

Urban Space previously promised to “move and reopen in the space of a few weeks” when it announced that it would vacate the current market in early October to make way for the long-planned City Point development, which is slated to include a Century 21 and potentially Brooklyn’s tallest building.

But relocating the market in 2012 proved impossible for Urban Space, which is still seeking a better bazaar site.

“Look, we are a 60-container market and there are not that many available spaces that are the right fit in terms of size, location, and long-term status,” said spokesman Adam Zucker. “Long story short is we need to find the right new location.”

The lack of a winter market is only the latest grievance from vendors frustrated by what they say was a landlordship marked by inconsistency, and, some allege, inconsideration.

Email chains between vendors obtained by this newspaper reveal shop owners ticked off by what they describe as poor organization and mismanagement on the part of their landlord.

Many complained about DeKalb Market’s weekend parties, which drew crowds but barred shoppers who didn’t want to pay an expensive cover charge — an annoyance that vendors claim deprived them of business at peak times.

Others complained about spotty electricity service early on in the season.

“Their PR is all this talk about how the market is an incubator for small business and how their goal is to support and grow start-ups but when it came down to it, when we were voicing concerns and saying our businesses were in trouble, they did not seem to care,” said Spence, who claims she gained good contacts through the venture but came out in the red due to problems including ticketed weekend parties and electrical woes.

Other vendors, such as Maxcine DeGouttes of the yarn shop Stitch Therapy, said she wouldn’t have signed a lease in April in the first place if she knew the market would close up shop so soon.

Many vendors said they have soured on the idea of working with the company again, despite its role organizing high-profile Manhattan markets in Union Square, the Meatpacking District, and Madison Square Park.

“The whole situation was based on deceit; they made a lot of promises they didn’t keep,” said Briian Dargon, who ran his clothing company, Bsixtee6, out of the market from its first day last July until last week. “We thought that we had a permanent place at least through the holidays and that we would be able to recoup our money. I don’t think anyone was prepared to move before the holidays were done.”

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SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
no surprise. I walk through here every day and there was nothing worth buying at those overpriced food shops and oh so precious Etsy stalls. This was a hipster paradise with the paper clipped armed beardo sets buying nothing and glomming free wi-fi with their parentally funded $4,000 macBook pro's and assorted iCrap. They never tried to get the MetroTech lunch crowd. They market to the hipster, and like all hipsters stores, it closes within 18 months and the rent goes up. Thanks transplants
Aug. 30, 2012, 8:11 am
Transplant from Here to Stay says:
It draws a decent crowd from MetroTech for lunch. Have fun at Cafe Metro with the rest of the ham & eggers. Plus, I'd say a good majority of those vendors were from the local community. Not the same set as the Brooklyn Flea type market.

Why are you walking through everyday if you don't like it? Trolling for the hipsters you love to hate? What a sad, small existence you lead.
Aug. 30, 2012, 9:14 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Not really a fan of Cafe Metro, don't like their prices either. Easy enough to get some coffee and oatmeal in some at home or at a cheaper place. I walk through twice a day on may way someplace else. I also like to marvel at the lazy beardo's that seem to have no work, no job, no function that just have tons of leisure time to sit in a space, buy nothing, and tap away on facebook pretending they are creating ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART. A whole wasted generation. As to Cafe Metro, seems full of working people getting their food and going off to WORK! The lazy hipster crowd? Well they sit among empty shipping containers watching another failed business venture circle the drain. Then they are off to the next shiny thing. Guess this dump was not drawing enough of the MetroTech crowd or they would move their profitable venture elsewhere. The facts speak for themselves, and the great unwashed will have to move somewhere else, and Cafe Metro will still be full of WORKING people. Now back to Ohio with you.
Aug. 30, 2012, 10:23 am
Real Brooklyn from Ruined Everywhere says:
At least they are creating something tangible, while SwampYankee is creating an entire freaking milieu of nothing but internet comments.
Aug. 30, 2012, 10:38 am
JS from Bushwick says:
COME TO BUSHWICK. Tons of open spaces and there is already flea markets and farmers market.
Aug. 30, 2012, 10:43 am
name from place says:
I had some experience with Dekalb Market and I surmised some time ago, long on concept, short on execution.

As for SwampYankee, what can you say? Haters gotta hate.
Aug. 30, 2012, 11:07 am
Tre' from Fort Greene says:
I'm upset to hear about this. I met Andriana a few times and was really hoping her store would make it, she was really great to myself and my daughters. I hope she opens up a new place!
Aug. 30, 2012, 11:21 am
Tre' from Fort Greene says:
I'm upset to hear about this. I met Andriana a few times and was really hoping her store would make it, she was really great to myself and my daughters. I hope she opens up a new place!
Aug. 30, 2012, 11:21 am
Tre' from Fort Greene says:
I'm upset to hear about this. I met Andriana a few times and was really hoping her store would make it, she was really great to myself and my daughters. I hope she opens up a new place!
Aug. 30, 2012, 11:21 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Are all hipsters this stupid?
Real Brooklyn. They are not creating anything tangible. If they were they could sell it, turn a profit, and stay in business. They can not, are not, and will not. They are failing at every level. Do you thing they are not reopening because they made all the money they will ever need?

JS, they can't come to Bushwick They would have to pay rent. They can't afford rent. Bushwick is already doing a fine job gentrification wise. They will price out everybody soon enough. do they really need some empty shipping containers that lose money?

This was a money losing hipster paradise. It collided with the real world and shattered into a thousand beardo peices. It the market even broke even it could find a new home. If just loses too much money. This is life, not the "Cat in the Hat". It can't be play time all the time. Sometimes you have to work. I know you want to change this into whitebread Disneyland but this is NYC. You want to make it here? You have to make a buck.
Aug. 30, 2012, 11:37 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
and Hipsters,
If you want to see how it's done wait until they build the building and the Century 21 here. Both will make a ton of money, and you will not be able to afford to live in the building. Now go ride you fixie, us adults have to work
Aug. 30, 2012, 11:39 am
ZaneBK from Fort Greene says:
'Swamp Yankee', what is it, exactly, that you're mad at?
I've been reading your rambling screed for several minutes now and can't piece it your first post you seemed to be simply angry at the people you saw with laptops that happened to have facial hair. You can't fathom this lifestyle, it seems, so label them lazy and claim that your method of making a living, whatever that may be, is superior to theirs.
You tipped your hand by dropping this gem:

"I also like to marvel at the lazy beardo's that seem to have no work, no job, no function that just have tons of leisure time to sit in a space, buy nothing, and tap away on facebook pretending they are creating ART"

So you're jealous of them, I get it. Change careers. They chose their path in life, you chose yours. Be a big boy and live with it, don't chastise others because their lifestyles don't fit your outdated definition of 'adulthood'. Its differing creative types and lifestyles that make NYC, and Brooklyn in particular, the innovation lifeblood of the United States. These store owners were brave enough to take a leap of faith and do something tangible with their talents. Whether they succeed or fail is of little consequence, they are putting a lot on the line to pursue their dreams. Just because you don't agree with the efficacy of those dreams doesn't lessen the magnitude of what's going on there.

They're investing in themselves and in their neighborhood. Show some f*ing respect.

Aug. 30, 2012, 12:39 pm
D from Queens says:
Amen to ZaneBK. Live and let live.
Aug. 30, 2012, 4:30 pm
Paul from Wings says:
Live and let die
Aug. 30, 2012, 4:59 pm
ch from bh says:
Dekalb Market was a cool place and I did a good chunk of holiday shopping there last year. I'll miss it.

I fully expect them to open again somewhere along the Gowanus.

BP - if you want to go get some news, find out where DM will open next.


Aug. 30, 2012, 6:26 pm
elemengee from Bklyn Heights says:
Whether they offered bargains or not, it was an unusual, fun place. I'm sorry to see the Dekalb Market go but I doubt the landlord/owner will be able to find adequate space at a reasonable price to reopen--at least it will not be in or around the Brooklyn Heights area.
Aug. 31, 2012, 11:27 am

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