10 October 2011

Dekalb Market - open air market of all things Brooklyn

An empty lot + salvaged shipping containers + food vendors + design goods + a radio station... in downtown Brooklyn. A few weeks ago I rolled up to Dekalb Market on a Friday afternoon just before the evening commuters filed in and was happily surprised to find a number of interesting activities and vendors in the currently undeveloped lot at the corner of Flatbush Ave. and Willoughby which (someday, post-crisis) is destined to become the home to a high-rise. The space is so large it's also hosting events, workshops, has a farm and your likely to ask yourself, "Am I still in Brooklyn?!"
My friend Helene helped found BBOX Radio located in the market - they built out a container, fit out the space with equipment, crafted furniture, selected 20+ radio shows from an open call, and started streaming pre-recorded shows on their website. Loved hearing a live broadcast and watching the DJs through the containers glass windows.
The Pratt Design Incubator has a Pop-up shop which recently featured DARGELOS cycling accessories -- including the cool minimal Trans//Porter convertible tote/backpack which comes in this super nice bright red colour combo
And the ever popular... Lightning Vest!
3RD Ward's 'ShopBox' had a few cyclist friendly products on display including the Mopha Tool Roll and TOPO's mountain-meets-city street Klettersack -- both below.

Depending on your culinary mood, you'll find a cup of Joe, Sour Puss Pickles, 'international soul food' at Mazie's among the food vendors...
Pretty brilliant idea -- hope this becomes a trend with more vacant lots!

1 comment:

  1. That's my beautiful, trusty Raleigh parked at BBOX, where we've got radio shows and events happening every day of the week! Glad you could stop by.

    Check out the BBOX Kickstarter, ending soon. Any contributions will be rewarded with handmade goods like tote bags perfect for biking, and laser-cut BBOX medallions:


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