Reaching Out Community Services, a non-profit organization that distributes food and other necessities to needy residents in Brooklyn, will begin a flea market on Saturday, November 12th that will be held twice a week. After a proposal to hold the market outdoors was denied, a Bay Ridge attorney has opened his vacant Fifth Avenue storefront, which formerly housed an off-track betting parlor, for use by the flea market, according to the New York Daily News.
Thomas Neve, Reaching Out’s executive director, told FleaMarketZone.com that the market will open next weekend, November 12, after he originally hoped to begin on the weekend of November 5th. The site will be able to hold approximately 25 vendors. “We’re looking for ways to raise funds to help keep our organization going through new ways of revenue, and a flea market seems like something that could work,” Neve says.
Reaching Out recently applied to hold a weekly market in Cadman Plaza in downtown Brooklyn, but the New York Parks Department rejected the application. Neve is still hopeful that the city will change their mind and allow the market, which will sell mostly new merchandise, to be held at the more visible outdoors location. The market will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, but could expand to Thursdays and Fridays as the holidays near.
For more information, call Reaching Out Community Services at 718-373-4565.