Mixed-use Downtown Brooklyn megaproject Citypoint recently announced a plan to tide eager shoppers over until the debut of the project’s first phase: a shipping container mall. Today Eater has some more intel on what will actually be inside Dekalb Market. There will four categories of vendors—makers, artists, farmers, and chefs—as well as an “incubator farm” run by local farmers and meant to be educational for the community. The mall’s official site also announces a contest, with the rent and construction budget for one container going to whoever can imagine the best reuse for it. Meanwhile, competitor the Brooklyn Flea is prepping for its Williamsburg expansion next month, Brownstoner reports. With all this going on, we might totally forget about Citypoint.



The Brooklyn Flea is leaving the downtown areafor Williamsburg this summer (that’s on Sundays; they’ll still be in Fort Greene on Saturdays), but a new food-friendly market is coming to the downtown area. Come early summer, Urban Space Management (operators of the Holiday Market at Union Square) and developer Youngwoo & Associates will set up shipping containers on a plot of land at Flatbush and Willoughby that will eventually become a part of Woo’s the CityPoint development. We’re told the salvaged containers will house food vendors such as Robicelli’s (the cupcake enterprise that used to have a store in Bay Ridge) and Cuzin’s Duzin (the cookie- and doughnut-maker that used to have a location at the Albee Square Mall). The outdoor portion of the DeKalb Market will serve as an educational farm hosting six local farmers, and there’ll be a market with a butcher, dairy products, and the like. The lineup is still coming together, and you can still apply to be a vendor— they’re giving preference to first-time retailers.



‘Not Just a Container’ challenges the design and business communities to transform shipping containers into creative and useful spaces for Brooklyn’s newest retail environment

Brooklyn, NY (March 9, 2011) — Urban Space presents ‘NOT JUST A CONTAINER’, a citywide competition for entrepreneurs to re-imagine empty shipping containers for use in a retail environment. The winning design will be built at Urban Space’s new Dekalb Market, a sustainable retail and community hub scheduled to open in Downtown Brooklyn in early summer.

Housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, Dekalb Market will include an incubator farm, a space for events and performances, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces. Urban Space aims to support the growth of Brooklyn’s best creative entrepreneurs by offering them an affordable retail alternative to a traditional storefront.

“By utilizing this unused piece of land we’re creating a central location in Brooklyn for commerce, music, art and design, as well as a functioning green space for people in the neighborhood to enjoy,” says Eldon Scott, President of Urban Space. “We are excited to utilize this competition to showcase the game-changing ideas that continue to emerge out of the borough of Brooklyn.”

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