Less than two years after moving into what was supposed to be its permanent space on Banker Street, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is being forced out to make way for a BMW office.
Since November 2013, the Bazaar, located in a warehouse at the intersection of Banker Street and Wythe Avenue, has been home to pop-up style market that operates on the weekends.
Each week, the venue plays host to various musical acts; food vendors, artists, and vendors of a diverse range of products.
The co-founders of the market, Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein were informed of the imminent closure just last week when the landlord informed them they would have to vacate the premises by the end of May.
While the duo had taken the space at the warehouse on a short-term lease, they did not foresee the venue being used for anything other than a music or market type venue due to the zoning restrictions. It is unclear at the moment whether BMW plans to house its offices at the space or a car showroom.
The only option Broudo and Klein had was to match the offer paid by the new tenants, which Broudo said was far more than they could afford.
He cited the closure as endemic of the troubles faced by independent business operators in Williamsburg, and in North Brooklyn as whole, where he said it’s been incredibly difficult to find an alternative venue to house the market, though they will continue to investigate options.
“It’s currently a tough proposition considering the rents here,” said Broudo. “But we’ve had endless great memories here of bands, and food, and the vendors. It was really great getting to work with so many incredible people. Personally it never felt like I was working.”
Broudo said the duo would honor its commitments to the vendors at the current location. Since the market functions in a pop-format, the vendors continue to change from time to time, but he said he would refund vendors who would be inconvenienced by the closure, and does not anticipate any problems on that front.
The market currently has another location at the Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaways where it has received permission to operate for the next five years. Broudo said he has encouraged and is continuing discussion with vendors to join them at the space in the Rockaways.
With just a couple of weeks left until the closure, The Night Bazaar will honor the remainder of its scheduled performances with a special farewell on the 22nd and 23rd of May.
For more information on the schedule and line up visit http://bkbazaar.com/.