Dekalb Market is a new community destination in Downtown Brooklyn. Dekalb Market, is housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, that bring together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs in a community setting that include an incubator farm, events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces.
Dekalb Market endeavors to meet the following criteria in the planning and ongoing operation of the market:
Entrepreneurship: To provide an economic opportunity for (and connect the community with) independent entrepreneurs and creative people in four broad categories: Makers, Artists, Farmers, Chefs.
Quality: To carefully curate the quality, originality, and value of offerings to deliver a compelling experience for the community.
Community: Through outdoor placemaking and juxtaposition of uses to create a community gathering and marketplace – not just for products – but also for the intangibles of culture, education, senses, and ideas.
Sustainability: To consciously consider, design and disclose the various systems and resources used by the Market, vendor, product, and visitor (such as water, waste, energy, capital, knowledge, health) to reduce both reliance and impact upon distant places.
Farm: Dekalb Farm is a cooperative of five not-for-profit groups who cultivate plots on the farm for purposes of community education and food security.
Education: The not-for-profit farm partners will be providing urban agriculture workshops throughout the growing season. The calendar and “Events” section will provide the schedule of these free workshops open to the general public. FamilyCook Productions will additionally be organizing culinary workshops for adults, families and children. So check the schedule often, you will find many topics of interest. Most workshops are co-conducted by trainees in our Food 350, farm-to-fork job training program! How to apply to the job training program.
Dekalb Market is the lovechild of community developer Urban Space and cultural mavens Jennifer Louise Lyon and Joann Kim-Nunez.
Urban Space aims to activate city spaces without imposing a solution on an area but rather growing it organically; rooted in the teamwork of community residents and based around creativity, individual enterprise, and performance arts. They are also the ingenious team behind the pop-up holiday markets in Union Square and at Columbus Circle, Mad. Sq. Eats at Madison Square Park, and London’s Camden Lock Market, which was initially conceived as a temporary stall market in 1978 but has evolved into the city’s fourth largest tourist draw.
ORE Design + Technology was founded by Thomas Kosbau in 2009 to identify creative potentials from the natural world and associated tech-industries and synthesize them into design solutions. ORE divides their focus between two inter-related halves: client-commissioned architectural work and self-initiated research in alternative energy, biodiversity, water and health technologies. ORE’s built work is engaged in innovative programs, such as reactivating stalled sites with an interim use, as with DeKalb Market, or developing a new typology for urban agriculture at the Riverpark rooftop farm.
Youngwoo & Associates (YWA) was founded in 1979. The Manhattan-based Youngwoo & Associates (YWA) had identified and developed a variety of specialized projects in the NY Metro Area and throughout the United States. YWA prides itself on innovative thinking and the ability to anticipate changes in the real estate market. The success of YWA has been the result of pioneering in emerging markets, implementing bold initiatives with new technology and developmental strategies, and most importantly, the ability to recognize shifting real estate trends.
Jennifer Lyon is the founder of MeanRed Productions, a music event production and curation company known for Parked! A Food Truck Festival and the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. She independently produces and curates hundreds of music-related events annually and is a staunch supporter of community-building through events, ecological and small business sustainability.
Joann Kim-Nunez is a freelance writer, curator and event producer responsible for Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Work It Brooklyn, Greenpoint Open Studios and Greenpoint Food Market. She has collaborated with various partners to produce Northside Festival, Slideluck Potshow, Parked! and various other food and art-related events. Her mission to build and support a platform in which small businesses and creative professionals can thrive, share, and sell their products/services is demonstrated in these and upcoming events.