Antiques Garage Merchants to Move Down Street to Make Room for Hotel

By Mathew Katz on June 25, 2014 5:53pm 

 Old photography equipment on sale at Antiques Garage.
Old photography equipment on sale at Antiques Garage.
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CHELSEA — The Antiques Garage is down but not out.

The longtime flea market in an unheated parking garage on West 25th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, which is slated to close this weekend to make way for a massive hotel tower, will relocate nearly all of its merchants down the street, organizers said.

The market will be open for one last time in its current location on June 28 and 29 before its long-planned closure and will then relocate 90 percent of its vendors to the West 25th Street Market between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, according to Annex Markets, the market's owner.

Other vendors will move to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market on West 39th Street, organizers said.

Opened in 1993, the garage currently hosts more than 100 vendors selling all kinds of antiques and curiosities. 

The market was originally set to close in 2011, when the building's former owner Extell Development planned the build a hotel there. The plan was delayed, and the market operated on a month-to-month basis since then.

Extell sold the spot to developer John Lam in 2013. Lam plans to build a $300 million, 270,000-square-foot hotel tower there, according to Crain's New York Business

Lam did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Antiques Garage will be open for one final weekend from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

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