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Downtown Brooklyn vendors are turning old shipping containers into stores – and a stalled construction site into a bustling market.

Dekalb Market is set to launch on the City Point site in the early summer – using 40 salvaged shipping containers from nearby ports to house chefs, artists, clothing makers and more.

“It’s even better than recycling,” said Eldon Scott, president of Urban Space, which is running the market.

Urban Space runs a similar shipping container market in London, but it hasn’t been done before in New York.

In addition to the vendors, the market will host a small farm with six farmers growing vegetables for chefs selling out of the containers to use in their dishes. There will also be a beer garden and a space for music and art performances.

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This weekend marks the opening of flea market season – a sure sign of spring just when we need one. Even better, Brooklyn is getting two new offerings.

In addition to the well-established Brooklyn Flea on Saturdays in Fort Greene, a location will open Sundays in Williamsburg, boasting East River views.

Meanwhile, in downtown Brooklyn, an empty lot on the Flatbush Avenue Extension is transforming into Dekalb Market. A collection of refurbished shipping containers will house boutique shopping, eclectic eats and even a live performance venue and a farm.

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