History of the Markets
Learn about the evolution of Annex Markets, from humble beginnings in 1976 to New York City’s premier outlet for unique antiques, vintage clothing and collectables.
Annex Markets—beloved New York City destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.
Annex Markets started in 1976 as a penny-jar investment on an estranged corner lot in Chelsea by native New Yorker Alan Boss. Having marshaled 11 vendors for the market's first weekend, Boss shaped Annex into an outdoor shopping Mecca featuring 100s of vendors and known to treasure hunters worldwide.
Annex Markets continues to evolve. It remains a destination location for celebrities, prop masters, set designers, fashion designers, artists, antique-lovers, decorators, architects, and others. It’s been featured countless times in global print media and as the backdrop for movies and commercials, including recent HGTV and A&E programs.
Boss opened the famed indoor market known as The Garage located at West 25th Street between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue.
After almost four years of planning with community groups and city and state agencies, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (#hkfm, #hkflea, #hellskitchenfleamarket) opened on West 39th Street at Ninth Avenue.
After almost 30 years of outdoor commerce-delight and top-notch haggling, the original Annex locations along Sixth Avenue in the West 20′s were displaced by high-rise residential buildings.
In its 20th year of operation, The Garage closed—a casualty of real estate development—and its vendors merged with Boss's outdoor market on the uptown side of West 25th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, Chelsea Flea Market (#chelseaflea).
Annex Markets continues to be a must-see destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Though the markets' locations have shifted over the years, the spirit is stronger than ever as people stick together and keep this New York treasure alive and kicking.