Greenflea, the flea market that has operated on Sundays in the playground and school building at 77th Street and Columbus Avenue for 34 years, closed for good last Sunday.
But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a flea market there. The market is re-branding as the Grand Bazaar, and hoping to inject some more life and new events into the market, which some insiders tell us needed some new verve. All of the net profits will continue to be distributed to PS 87, The Computer School, PS 334 and PS 452.
The Greenflea staff is expected to remain on board, but new vendors are expected.
“It’s really left up to the [current Greenflea] vendors if they want to join the new market or not,” ” wrote Julie Ra, the former head of GreenFlea who is now the executive director of Grand Bazaar, when we asked if the old vendors would be back. “We will of course have many new vendors, especially more artisans, designers, and food purveyors. I think you will see from the special themed events, https://www.grandbazaarnyc.
Each Sunday, they’re expecting to feature some new booths and pop-up shops.
The market will be open this Sunday for a sneak preview, and there is a “Summer Ice Cream Blizzard” scheduled for July 31.
The official grand opening for the new Grand Bazaar is set for September 11.
Image via Grand Bazaar.