Annex / Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

West 39th Street

Started in 1976 as penny-jar investment on an estranged corner lot in Chelsea, entrepreneur Alan Boss single-handedly marshaled 11 vendors and over time shaped the outdoor Mecca that became known to treasure hunters worldwide as The Annex Antiques Fa... more

Started in 1976 as penny-jar investment on an estranged corner lot in Chelsea, entrepreneur Alan Boss single-handedly marshaled 11 vendors and over time shaped the outdoor Mecca that became known to treasure hunters worldwide as The Annex Antiques Fair & Flea Market. This renowned antiques market grew enormously and because the destination location for celebrities, prop masters, set designers, fashion designers, artists, antique-lovers, decorators, architects, and others. It was featured countless times in global print media and was the backdrop for movies and commercials. In 2006, after almost 30 years of outdoor commerce-delight and top-notch haggling, The Annex was displaced high-rise residential buildings along Sixth Avenue in the West 20's. But Boss had foreseen the fate of the market and had already planned for a new location. After almost four years of planning with community groups and city and state agencies, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) opened in May 2003 on West 39th Street at Ninth Avenue. When the Annex closed in 2006, its vendors were readily accommodated by HKFM in a new-frontier neighborhood. Located on West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues and open 9... more

Started in 1976 as penny-jar investment on an estranged corner lot in Chelsea, entrepreneur Alan Boss single-handedly marshaled 11 vendors and over time shaped the outdoor Mecca that became known to treasure hunters worldwide as The Annex Antiques Fair & Flea Market. This renowned antiques market grew enormously and because the destination location for celebrities, prop masters, set designers, fashion designers, artists, antique-lovers, decorators, architects, and others. It was featured countless times in global print media and was the backdrop for movies and commercials. In 2006, after almost 30 years of outdoor commerce-delight and top-notch haggling, The Annex was displaced high-rise residential buildings along Sixth Avenue in the West 20's.

But Boss had foreseen the fate of the market and had already planned for a new location. After almost four years of planning with community groups and city and state agencies, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) opened in May 2003 on West 39th Street at Ninth Avenue. When the Annex closed in 2006, its vendors were readily accommodated by HKFM in a new-frontier neighborhood. Located on West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday all year long (weather pending), the market’s Hell’s Kitchen South location is near the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square.

Named one of the top ten shopping streets in the world by National Geographic, Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market (HKFM) sets a standard for distinctive vendors, a place where collectors and top-notch hagglers including the fashion éclat, artists, celebrities, tourists, and residents shop the market for antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, mid-century modern items, home decorations, furniture, jewelry, and more.

Alan Boss also owns the famed Antiques Garage, second of the Annex Markets. It is an indoor market located at West 25th Street between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue.

The third of the Annex Markets is only one block from the Garage. The West 25th Street Market is an outdoor market on the uptown side of West 25th Street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway.


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Hell's Kitchen Description

Annex / Hell's Kitchen Flea Market is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Known as "Clinton" by the municipal government and devotees of former mayor DeWitt Clinton and as "Hell's Kitchen" by Daredevil and everyone else, this area of Midtown West is currently experiencing rapid (re)development. Spanning roughly from West 34th to 59th Streets and from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, it still has a rough-and-tumble character when compared with other more defined neighborhoods in Manhattan. Once a bastion of poor and working-class Irish Americans, over the last decade the neighborhood has undergone tremendous gentrification as a result of its proximity to Midtown's many office buildings. Long-time residents, many of whom enjoyed reasonable rents and decent-sized apartments, are finding that conversion of rent-controlled and -stabilized apartments, coupled with the general building boom and strong economy, brought quick change to this formerly sleepy area. Given the strange, even Byzantine zoning regulations in New York, it’s not unusual to see a tiny brownstone, a remnant of another era, adjacent to or near a brand-new high-rise rental or condominium building. While the wholesome new Theater District has resulted in lower crime rates and decreased the area’s quality-of-life problems such as prostitution, urban transformation for some means a loss of the gritty qualities of this neighborhood for others.

While you'll find thousands of new apartments in Hell's Kitchen west of Ninth Avenue, you'll also find dozens of eclectic and interesting restaurants to boot. Some of our favorites include the terrific Daisy May's BBQ on Eleventh Avenue; the German cuisine of Hallo Berlin and nearby Queen of Sheba featuring great Ethiopian cuisine on Tenth Avenue; French patisserie La Bergamote on West 42nd Street; Bali Nusa Indah on Ninth Avenue has intriguing Indonesian dishes; the Film Center Café for high-powered American diner-style dishes; and the many Thai places dotting Ninth Avenue too numerous to mention.

Hotels in Hell's Kitchen include a number of budget places the further west you go such as The 414 Hotel and the Skyline. While there are dozens of hotels on Eighth Avenue and throughout the Theater District on Eighth Avenue and Broadway, Hell's Kitchen enjoys a somewhat more relaxed pace than the frenetic hubbub you'll find just two avenues further east.

Check out the neighborhood's weekly Chelsea-Clinton News, a great local publication that’s been around longer than the former U.S. President’s daughter!

Info

West 39th Street
NEW YORK, NY 10011
(212) 242-1217
Website

This Week's Hours

Saturday-Sunday: 9am - 5pm

Editorial Rating

Nearby Subway

  • to 42nd Street/Times Square

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