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Manhattan is about to lose one of its great flea markets. The last weekend in June marks the last weekend ever for the Chelsea Antiques Garage, a two-story market in an enclosed parking lot on 25th Street, before it's cleared out for a hotel tower.
"After 20 years, we are sad to see the Garage fall to development," Alan Boss, founder of the Annex Markets, told Crain's New York. The market has been at the site on a month-to-month basis as of late, and has seen the rise of chains like Fairway and David's Bridal over the past few years—not to mention the rise of rents.
If you have a favorite stall at the Garage, it'll likely move to the West 25th Street Market half a block away, which is also owned by Annex Markets (and currently faces no threats from developers). Other vendors will shift to a third market in that network, in Hell's Kitchen.
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