Last Call for Chelsea Antiques Market?

By Mathew Katz on August 15, 2011 1:29pm 

A table of wares at Antiques Garage. Dealers have been notified that the market will close at the end of the month.
A table of wares at Antiques Garage. Dealers have been notified that the market will close at the end of the month.
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MANHATTAN The popular weekend flea market, Antiques Garage, will be closing at the end of the month, according to the blog Stuff Nobody Cares About.

Antique dealers told the blog that they were warned their home will soon be demolished to make room for a condo and hotel development. They were told to move out by the end of the month, according to the blog.

The two-level Antiques Garage Flea Market on West 25th Street, which hosts more than 100 vendors, has been a hotspot for bargain finds, knickknacks, and quality antiques since it opened in 1994, its website says.

It's part of a collective of weekend flea markets that includes the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market on West 39th Street between Ninth and 10th avenues and the West 25th Street Market on West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue.

The garage was bought by developer Extell Realty in 2006 for $42.7 million. Extell has been pushing to build a hotel at the site for several years.

Neither Extell Realty, nor the garage's owners nor the vendors were immediately available for comment.

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