How Bazaar?! Gowanus night market nixed

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The creator of Brooklyn Night Bazaar has backed out of his plan to bring a late-night, flea market–style festival and concert series to the banks of the Gowanus Canal this summer amid opposition by some Carroll Gardeners neighbors.

Market impresario Aaron Broudo was ready to sign a contract with concrete titan John Quadrozzi Jr. that would allow him to convert an industrial site on Huntington Street into a bustling shopping and entertainment space that would run every Friday and Saturday night from June through September, but abruptly scrapped the proposal after an online petition protested the market over concerns of nighttime noise.

“We are pursuing a different location for this summer,” said Broudo, who did not disclose any other information.

In a recent e-mail urging residents to sign the petition against the flea market, which has since been taken offline, the Coalition for Carroll Gardens wrote that thousands of bazaar patrons would “spill out on your doorstep all night long, drinking, yelling and looking for fun, leaving their trash and sleepless nights on their trail.”

“If we want any control, we have to make noise now. If not our summer is over before it began,” the Coalition wrote in the April 9 e-mail.

Broudo’s bazaar, inspired by popular night markets found in Asian cities, would have run from 6 pm through midnight and boasted an array of food vendors, merchants, a beer and wine garden, mini golf, table tennis, a rock climbing wall, petanque, Chinese tea, and live music performed in a dome-like tent on the city-block-sized lot between Smith Street and the canal that could hold up to 1,000 shoppers.

Broudo, who has hosted past marketplaces at a warehouse in Williamsburg and at the Dekalb Market Downtown, would have installed ample bicycle parking and hired security and staff to clean up the streets around the site nightly.

“You can ask anyone that has been to our events that they do not result in drunk revelers,” he said. “Rather it’s an arts and crafts market where people are strolling around shopping while interacting with local shoppers. Having a glass of wine or beer adds to the fun, but it’s very civilized.”

It’s not the first time one of Broudo’s pop-up flea markets has caused an outcry.

Greenpoint residents and politicians halted his proposed bazaar from coming to that neighborhood’s waterfront two years ago.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

T-Bone from DoBro says:
The NIMBYs won again.
April 22, 2013, 6:57 am
manposeur from brokelandia says:
These NIMBY's think we need act like jersey shore types.
Night markets in asia also serve alcohol but people don't act like idiots.
April 22, 2013, 7:28 am
Greg from Gowanus says:
Really, manposeur? And you know that how? The Discovery Channel? How many of these things have you been to?

Oh, right! You're just a poser...
April 22, 2013, 7:42 am
diehipster from Punching Parkers says:
Oh no! Mid week, all night fun will not be available to Josh, Hayden, Morgan, Caleb, Reid, Stephonica, Megan, Zoey, and Jeb along the pristine waters of the Gowanus super fund site canal???

But this is what Daddy paid for! Daddy paid for a 3 1/2 year playcation in Brooklyn for his little creative 31 year olds and people have denied it. This means war.

What a shame that these infinite leisure time try-hards won't have YET ANOTHER PLACE to buy 'crafts' and sip 'craft ales' while deciding what time to wake up the next day go 'great kah-fee hunting' and bike riding.

May today be the day that the skies open up and drop grand pianos on the heads Caleb & Friends.
April 22, 2013, 7:59 am
manposeur from broke land says:
Hey there Greg from Gowanus. I've been to the ones in Thailand, Philippines, & Singapore.
The night markets will attract a more sophisticated crowd not thugs & guidos.
April 22, 2013, 9:40 am
ty from pps says:
Hey Diehipster,
Friday and Saturday is "midweek" in your world? I know your dumb little rants are just rehashing the same thing over and over and over and over without regard to content, but... couldn't you at least make sure the FIRST words of your comments are accurate?
April 22, 2013, 10:11 am
elvis from nawcostella says:
die hipster is awesome. i don't know what you mean??? he once saved a baby bird from not getting run over.
April 22, 2013, 10:34 am
diehipster from Punching Parkers says:

It's good to know that you also believe there is such thing as infinite leisure time hipsters who party all days of the week with nothing to do the next morning and somehow live in $2500 a month apartments.

Just not in this particular article.
April 22, 2013, 11:08 am
ty from pps says:
"Just not in this particular article."

So... you're just being a douchebag that wants to make the Brooklyn Paper's comment section into your new website?

How about you just go back to updating your own website and skip posting pointless, unrelated comments here? There were 4 articles posted today... why did you choose this one? Any or all of them would have served your purposes, no?
April 22, 2013, 11:16 am
J from Brooklyn says:
Gowanus smells anyway. Better to bring the money to another hood.
April 22, 2013, 12:49 pm
diehipster from Cursing Kevins says:
lol, J!
Ty: here's a joke: how many hipsters does it take to figure out if I am using the comments section for BP as my own personal site?
April 22, 2013, 1:17 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
Kevins? Plenty of Kevins around here when I was growing up.
April 22, 2013, 1:30 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Ty, it is certainly very rich to see Mr. Hipster complain about people with infinite leisure as he posts the same comment over and over through the day. I guess some people with leisure time drink coffee in public, but others troll the Brooklyn Paper.
April 22, 2013, 1:31 pm
diehipster from Cursing Kevins says:
Kevins????? I never knew one Kevin growing up here, Sally.
Oh, and Mike-why don't you finish your Kale sandwich before posting on my site next time?
Like, yaaaaahhhh!
April 22, 2013, 2:35 pm
ty from pps says:
Diehipster -- I'm starting to think you actually don't know many people at all... pretty sheltered life in your "real Brooklyn" huh?
April 22, 2013, 3:03 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Diehipster - Honestly what do you do for a living? That article referencing that ugly chick Jaime Kimpo is likely a April Fools joke so I'm kind of at a loss. I'd really like to get an understanding of who you are and what you do so that I can get an understanding of what a real "productive" member of society is.

My contention is that you're a bitter, useless, uneducated townie jealous of those around you.
April 22, 2013, 3:38 pm
diehipster from Punching Parkers says:
First of all, I'm not the "Cursing Kevins" poster up there. That was just one of my fans mocking me because the power of diehipster compels them.

Hey Tyler (
April 22, 2013, 6:38 pm
diehipster from Punching Parkers says:
Oh well, 2/3 of my comment got cut off. Anyway, I was ripping Tyler
April 22, 2013, 6:41 pm
ty from pps says:
Wow, you even bored yourself! Hahahahaha!
April 22, 2013, 7:15 pm
John F. from Near Ditmas says:
Hey Broudo, bring your night market to Coney Island Avenue and Caton. This area needs rejuvenation. Hell, it need juvenation.
April 22, 2013, 11:58 pm
Abe from Brooklyn says:
April 23, 2013, 1:19 pm
NIMBY New Yorker from Brooklyn says:
Score one for the home team!
April 23, 2013, 3:33 pm
S from Park Slope says:
The opposition around this event was embarrassing and absurd - shouldn't folks have more important problems to be focused on rather than a cool arts /music event coming to their neighborhood? They really need to get a life stat and focus their organizing energy on real problems.
April 24, 2013, 3:23 pm
JJLBKLYN from Carroll, Slope, Windsor, Kensington says:
Two farmers were neighbors. Each had a couple heads of cattle. Farmer One minded his nicely, the cattle did ok, after a few years he had about a dozen head. Farmer Two bought, sold, traded, bred and paid close attention to his cattle. In the same number of years, he amassed about 100 head of cattle.
One day Farmer One got a Magic Lamp, and a One Wish Genie. When the Genie offered him his one wish, Farmer One said "Gee, Farmer Two has a hundred head of cattle, and here I sit with only 12..... "
Genie asks "So would you like to have a hundred head also?"
Farmer One replies thoughtfully"No, too much work. Kill my neighbor's cattle"

Here sits an huge empty piece of land, in an industrial swath of a polluted canal zone, on the Other Side Of The Tracks. The local NIMBY's cant be bothered to do anything interesting there themselves ("Too much work"?) But why upset their precious equilibrium? So kill someone ELSE'S plan how about?
"Nope, I don't like cornflakes much m'self, and if you pour YOURself a bowl, I'm gonna pee in it!"

Yeah, that's the ticket!
April 26, 2013, 1:26 pm

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