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DeKalb Market Returns on Saturday — Now with Beer and Music

By LINDA VILLAROSA, CUNY J-School
The DeKalb Market returns this weekend — but now it’s not just a mall, but a hangout.

The one-year-old bazaar, which occupies the vacant lot on Willoughby Street at Flatbush Avenue Extension, was already popular thanks to its 60 food, arts and crafts, antique and vintage clothing vendors. But in the off-season, the shipping container souk added a beer and wine license and will now feature live music in the beer garden.

“The market already has many talented artists and artisans,” said Jennifer Louise Lyon, a former producer at Joe’s Pub. “By adding programming, we want to be a voice in Brooklyn’s arts community.”

The performances kick off on Saturday with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, a hip, Gatsby-era group, known for swinging jazz parties on Governors Island. On Sunday, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens bring church to the outdoor market in honor of Easter.

Concert-goers can sample New York craft brews, such as Ommegang, Blue Point and Ithaca during events until the beer garden opens permanently in May.

Lyons said she’s going for a funky, eclectic mix.

“Our goal is to say, ‘Hey, we’re here; come out and have fun with us,’” she said.

If beer, music and shopping isn’t enough, there will also be kid-friendly events on Sunday, including cooking, gardening, and crafts classes, plus a market-wide Easter egg hunt.

DeKalb Market, 138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Avenue. For info, visit dekalbmarket.com.

– Linda Villarosa

3 April 2012 // The Local // Fort Greene & Clinton Hill // New York Times 

One Response

  1. ContainerLiving April 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

    When I saw images of the market thought what a wonderful place as not only from a shipping container concept but also as it’s community driven. I think the whole thing has been well put together.