NEW YORK CITY — In February of 1994, Alan Boss, the founder of the Annex Markets, opened the only antiques flea market in Manhattan with a roof over its head. Conducted in an abandoned parking garage, there was a limited following during the first season, but reaction to the marketplace grew and grew. The market gained a legendary status over the years, shopped by celebrities, dealers and the local Manhattan antiques enthusiast. Sadly, the Antiques Garage has closed forever, with the final running taking place over the weekend of June 28–29.
“It is amazing to have a 20-year run in New York,” commented Boss, the owner of Annex Markets. “The building was sold last year for development and there will be a 29-story hotel developed there in the near future.”
“We knew this was going to happen,” explained co-manager Helene Boss of the closing. “Real estate developing is happening all over in New York City.” The building was originally sold five years ago and was earmarked for development, but the market got a reprieve when financing for the construction project never materialized.
A large selection of Midcentury Modern items was displayed all around the market, as well as a good selection of posters, paintings, jewelry, couture, folk art and formal antiques. The market was fast-paced and fun.
While it is unfortunate that the Garage has closed, Boss was optimistic about the improvements that he has made to the site of his original Annex market, located just a half block away on West 25th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. “We have expanded the lot and repaved it as well,” said Helene Boss, and all of the dealers will be set up under tents, she said. The reconfiguration of the lots will allow for a market that will nearly double in size, with room for approximately 150 vendors.
More than 90 percent of the dealers from the Garage with be transitioning over to the new market, as well as a long list of dealers that will be traveling from Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, Maryland and Ohio. The Hells Kitchen Market is also open every weekend on West 39th Street at Ninth Avenue. Drive-up vendors are always welcome, but, according to Boss, it is best to call for a space.
For additional information, www.annexmarkets.com or 212-243-5343.