In an article by the New York Observer, Dekalb Market made the cut for “The Best New Architecture of 2011”. We’ve worked hard to make it the best public space for everyone to enjoy. Cool design + cool vibe = Dekalb Market 🙂 We’re off making big plans for our Spring 2012 re-opening so be sure to come kick off the season with Dekalb Market!

It has not been a great year for buildings, but that does not mean this has been a bad year for architecture. In years past, the soaring condos and office towers of the building boom have dominated this list. Most of those are done, finally done, or never will be done. We still find room for two, but the vast majority are civic buildings and public spaces, perhaps what New York needs now more than ever as the city continues to fill up with more New Yorkers. It has been a good year to find room to breath, to see, to walk, to live.

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Thanks to all for such an amazing first year at the Dekalb Market! Join us for the final MARKET weekend of the year. Starting January 1st, the Market will be closed for the Winter season.

As we hatch new and exciting ideas for our re-opening in early spring 2012, check back often for updates and be sure to sign up for our mailing list to hear the latest and greatest news from the Dekalb Market community.

We’ve amassed an impressive archive of pictures documenting our inaugural season. Special shout out to Kathy Malone (our roving iPhoneographer) for holding it down Instagram-style.

BE ADVISED: By the time you get to the bottom of this pictorial, it will be Spring and we’ll be ready to do all over again!!! : )

      

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Precisely! We love this write up by the NY Times (especially the part about us!). It brings to light what Dekalb Market is all about. Bringing together the best makers, artists, farmers, and chefs to one place and creating a destination for locals, tourists, and wondering brooklynites to put their feet up and relax (and shop and eat!)

AN urban farmoff the East River. Artisanal food and crafts sold out of recycled shipping containers at the Dekalb Market. Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea on the Williamsburg waterfront.They all share a hipper-than-thou aesthetic. They also share a pedigree: they were all set up to breathe some life into vacant lots.

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The shops and restaurants will be be open every day through December 31st, so you can pick up some truly memorable gifts for yourself. My finds last week included an early edition of the first Nancy Drew mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock, at Pip & Estella; Marrakech Hoop Earrings at KiraKira by Suzanne Somersall; and Hanno the Gorilla at Grumpy Bert. I topped that off with some fab baked pasta from Pasticcio and the special drip of the day coffee at Joe. BBOX Radio is playing some great tunes, both at the Dekalb and through a stream on their site. So come on out and relax, and enjoy the rest of the holiday season at Dekalb!

      

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Finish up your holiday shopping and grab a delicious bite at Dekalb Market today! The Market will be closed on Christmas Day, and then will be open from December 26th – 31st. Happy Holidays to All!

      

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One of the stated goals of the Dekalb Farm is to be an incubator for local farmers and cooperatives. For the growers who are part of our community, the literal process of sowing the seeds, nurturing the crops and bringing them to harvest does not end when the food is served at the table. The metaphor extends to the lives of the people who are touched by the spirit of our mission when they experience, hands-on, what it means to incubate friendships, community and family through the common denominator of food.

One of our resident growers, Family Cook Productions, uses their Teen Battle Chef program to impart in-depth knowledge about the culinary arts to high school and post-high school students. Program participant, Chima Agwu, is proof of the possibilities when truth comes to power. Watch him tell his story in the video below. You can also read more here.

      

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Whether it’s the warm quinoa with a side of vibrant green kale or a freshly squeezed juice, Nile Valley never lets down. Aside from knowing you’re getting the best quality of organic grub around, owners Bryan and Molicia, are some of the nicest people you could ever know. You can tell they make each dish with passion and love driven by their dedication to the vegan lifestyle. Nile Valley is 100% of everything-organic, vegan, and personally delightful. Check out the great write up by project: CLEAN FOOD. 

      

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In a recent post by the Daily News, Dekalb Market and its sister markets were mentioned as the best New York City Holiday Fairs and Markets. We’ve got the the most unique, local, and hand-made wares. Make sure to think of Dekalb Market when shopping this holiday season! Open 7 days a week from 8am-10pm. Check out the article below.

You see them take shape in sites from Grand Central Terminal to vacant lots around town, a Christmas vision of sugar plums and completed shopping lists. Makeshift winter villages — most of which pop up around the city just once a year for a couple of weeks — are full of one-of-a-kind gifts and delicious winter fare that could actually make your holiday shopping fun again. Here are a dozen places to explore, but as you dash around this week, be aware: Wherever two or more vendors are gathered, there is holiday spirit for free and, perhaps, that perfect present waiting.

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I’ve been back to the Dekalb Market recently to celebrate my dear friend Liz’s pop up shop opening. It’s really incredible what you can make out of a shipping container. Together with her boyfriend Steve, they’ve made a beautiful space.

24karas pop up store opening from Alyce Gorch on Vimeo.

      

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The socially-driven company and award winner of the magnetic wooden construction system is coming to Dekalb to play! The Tegu Truck is setting up along Flatbush Ave. Ext. for a free workshop for kids. They’ll be able to build and race their dream car on the super speedway, dress up as a race car driver, get their picture taken in Riley Roadster, dive into the block pit building area, collect freebies and enter the ‘How do you roll?’ sweepstakes for a chance to design Tegu’s next magnetic wooden vehicle. Be sure to follow them out Twitter @Tegu and Like them on Facebook!

 

They’re not around forever so make sure to stop by during any of the below stops!

Friday, December 2 | 10am-1pm

Monday, December 5 | 10am-1pm

Tuesday, December 6 | 10am-1pm (rain date, more dates tbd)

Wednesday, December 7 | 10am-1pm (rain, rain go away!! more dates tbd)

 

      

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