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Antiques Garage, the longstanding flea market in Chelsea, has fallen victim to New York City's luxury hotel epidemic. After twenty years on West 25th Street, the market is closing up shop in two weeks.
Almost all of the vendors (roughly 90%) will be relocating to The West 25th Street Market between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, and others will go to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. Before the final days, Antiques Garage said goodbye to its patrons via email:
Dear New York friends and flea lovers worldwide,
New York City's booming real estate development has finally caught up with Chelsea's beloved The Antiques Garage, and will operate its last shopping weekend this summer, on June 28-29.
Part of the original "Chelsea fleas," which was started in 1976 on an empty corner lot with 11 vendors, these markets have been vital to the cultural fabric of New York City, world-renowned and loved by locals and tourists alike, including cultural icons Andy Warhol, Susan Sontag, Annie Leibovitz, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Anne Hathaway, Brooke Shields, Donna Karan, Michael Jackson, Drew Barrymore, Barbara Streisand, Catherine Deneuve, Joanne Woodward, Bette Midler, Todd Oldham, Bill Cunningham among others.· Chelsea Antiques Garage Forced Out for New Hotel Project [Racked NY]
A bastion of inspiration for the fashion coterie as well as artists, actors, designers, The Antiques Garage was a window into an era gone by, a fond trip down memory lane, and a wonderful treasure trove of discovery.
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