What happened to the Antiques Garage, the unique, one of a kind weekend antiques market that lasted two decades nestled in a dimly lit, two-story parking garage in Chelsea? The answer is clear in light of the constantly evolving real estate dynamics of New York City: the once beloved garage was sold to the highest bidder and demolished to pave the way for another high-rise hotel.
So now that the Garage is gone, what’s become of its vendors, merchandise and spirit that once significantly fueled a great part of NYC’s design and style culture?
Annex Markets is comprised of Chelsea Flea Market & Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. [Editor’s note: Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market was merged into Chelsea Flea Market in January 2019.] Each is unique in its own respect, and many of your favorite vendors from the Antiques Garage have transitioned to these other weekend markets. Chelsea Flea Market is nestled in a parking lot on West 25th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue. Known for its great collections of American, European and Asian antiques, Chelsea Flea Market commonly beckons early buyers to get first pick of the merchandise before the markets are officially open.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is located in the up and coming neighborhood of—you guessed it—Hell’s Kitchen. Walking along West 39th Street from 9th Avenue to 10th Avenue, you’ll find the entire street lined with vendors offering a variety of eclectic antiques, vintage clothing and accessories that will take you back to the past.