Downtown Brooklyn Getting Shipping Container Flea Market

03/09/2011 12:06 PM |

What DeKalb Market might look like.
  • Shipping Container Architecture: Better than glass and steel architecture, and tree fort architecture, COMBINED!

The former site of the Albee Square shopping center between Willoughby and Fulton Streets in Downtown Brooklyn is slowly turning into CityPoint, a mini-Atlantic Yards, with a first phase of high-end retail and apartments expected to be ready next year, but in the meantime all those empty lots need not be lost: this summer the site will be turned into a land-locked shipping yard called DeKalb Market, a flea market for local artists, businesses and food vendors built out of shipping containers.

The Brooklyn Paper reports that come summertime, Urban Space Management will assemble a stack of shipping containers at the brick-strewn site, in league with CityPoint developers Acadia Realty Trust. But as the nearby apartment tower rises, the containers won’t be shipped off, but rather equipped with heating so as to function as a year-round market. Jessica Tolliver of USM tells the BP, “It’s a new concept for the city, so the permit process is moving along slowly.” Not really that new, though, is it?