About The Fleas
Started in 1976 as “penny-jar” investment on an estranged corner lot in Chelsea, entrepreneur Alan Boss marshaled 11 vendors to single-handedly shape the outdoor mecca that became known by treasure hunters worldwide as The Annex Antiques Fair & Flea Market. In 2006, after almost 30 years of outdoor commerce-delight and top-notch haggling, The Annex was displaced by a high-rise residential building.
Foreseeing the fate of the market Boss had already planned for a new location. After almost four years of discussions Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market opened in May 2003. In 2006, The Annex moved to Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Boss also owns the famed Antiques Garage on 25th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues.
A good overview of the neighborhood is available on Wikipedia here. In Hell’s Kitchen you can still find small “mom and pop” businesses, including specialty food stores. The flea market’s located in “Hell’s Kitchen South,” the part of the neighborhood south of 42nd Street. The market offers a sweeping view of midtown Manhattan including The Empire State Building, The New Yorker Hotel, and the new New York Times Building. All 3 of our markets are open Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm all year long!