The ghosts of rock 'n' roll’s past are everywhere in New York City. Millions of pilgrims visit the "Imagine" mosaic in Strawberry Fields in Central Park, dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. The Chelsea Hotel was a rock mecca for Alice Cooper, Janis Joplin, and Sid Vicious. Rock historians still make pilgrimages to the Hit Factory at 421 West 54th Street where Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and others recorded.
But to find where rock 'n' roll lives in the city today rock pilgrims have to head to Midtown, where Madison Square Garden is still America’s show palace for live rock concerts. And while millions of visitors to New York will see a rock show at the Garden, there’s a lesser known spot where rock royalty is known to shop and collectors of rock’s history converge: The Hell’s Kitchen Flea, just a short, five minute walk from MSG.
Perhaps thanks to proximity to the Garden, famous musicians are often seen browsing the Hell’s Kitchen Flea. And it’s no wonder: There’s nowhere better in New York City to find vintage rock gear than the flea. From custom leather jackets and boots to outrageous sunglasses and bling—and of course the requisite feather boa—the flea is the shopping epicenter for authentic rock 'n' roll gear in New York.
And for those looking for pieces of rock 'n' roll history, the market never disappoints. From posters of Jimi Hendricks at Electric Lady Studios (some signed!) to guitars, to original Beatles collectibles from the British Invasion, the Hell’s Kitchen Flea is a treasure hunt for music aficionados. And did we mention the vinyl? Each weekend vintage vinyl hunters scour the market for rare and autographed recordings from David Bowie to Blondie.
The Hell’s Kitchen Flea is simply a must-see for visitors to New York City who love rock 'n' roll.
Coming in September: Special Events for Shoppers and Collectors
Don’t miss the Theme Markets at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea coming in September! In addition to selling everything under the sun, we’re inviting all our vendors to participate in our early fall events:
September 10th & 11th — Ghosts of New York: Old Photos Tell the Story of New York City
The first weekend back in the city for many of our favorite New York natives will be celebrated at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea with a special Ghosts of New York Market. We’re inviting vendors to bring their antique photos, postcards, posters, newspapers and magazines. These photos and relics of New York are fascinating pieces of history—and make for a treasure hunt for the perfect vintage photo or banner headline.
September 17th & 18th — The Music Flea
Some of the earliest early birds, the most dedicated collectors and the most consistent fans of the Hell’s Kitchen Flea are our music aficionados. So on September 17 and 18 we’re inviting our vendors to bring their most special music items—from rare vinyl and autographed concert photos, to guitars, saxophones, and jazz and rock collectibles. This should be a special day at the flea for music lovers.