New York Post | Crates create great Mall of stalls in B’klyn

by Dekalb Market on July 23, 2011

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Shipping containers get new life — off the road — at the Dekalb Market, which opens today in Downtown Brooklyn. Twenty-two food and craft vendors, such as Sour Puss Pickles and Joe the Art of Coffee, will sell their wares out of creatively repurposed containers from New York and New Jersey.

Eldon Scott, president of Urban Space Management, the brainchild behind this and other emporia such as the Union Square Holiday Market, was inspired by similar projects in London market stalls. “I had been working for many years on Camden Lock, and we had been looking for a place in New York City for a full-time destination marketplace like the one at Camden,” he says.

Urban Space, which sought out primarily Brooklyn-based vendors, held a contest to find the most innovative use of a shipping container — the winner was new station Bbox Radio, which broadcasts Brooklyn’s goings-on through call-in shows, music performances and more.

At the market, Robicelli’s co-chef and owner Allison Robicelli will sell her signature cupcakes, such as the best-selling “Bea Arthur” ($3), a black coffee-infused chocolate cake topped with a cheesecake buttercream and espresso ganache.

“It’s amazing how this is all coming together,” Robicelli says. “It’s creating a new history for Brooklyn.” 

Pop-up restaurant Maharlika is selling Filipino fare. Other international nibbles include soul food from Mazie’s Bites, which will serve tapas-style snacks.

Feeling a food coma coming on? Refuel at popular chain Joe the Art of Coffee, which is leading seminars such as on how to make the best cappuccino.

The market isn’t just about food. Besides Bbox Radio, children’s boutique Little Poco is hosting kiddie-centric activities such as puppet shows and reading time, and Brooklyn Rock is selling hand-printed T-shirts and totes out of its container, where passersby can watch workers craft goods in an on-site workshop, among other events.

Dekalb Market is located at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Willoughby Street. Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week;



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