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No More Complaints at ‘Revitalized’ Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, Rep Says

(DNAINFO) y Maya Rajamani | November 10, 2016 — Last year, a group of vendors maintained operators were mismanaging the West 39th Street flea market.

The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market has gotten a preliminary stamp of approval from a Community Board 4 committee — nearly a year after a number of vendors claimed the market was being mismanaged.

Last December, CB4’s Arts, Culture, Education and Street Life (ACES) Committee — then the Quality of Life Committee — asked the city’s Street Activity Permit Office to deny the market a street activity permit unless its operators addressed the board’s concerns about vendor discontent and the market’s nonprofit status.

The committee on Monday voted to support the market’s application — with some stipulations — for next year after hearing from a consultant who maintained its operators had worked hard to “revitalize” it over the past year.

“There’s no more hearsay, there’s no more off-the-fly policies,” consultant Karen Seiger told committee members, addressing some vendors’ claims that operators of the market, at West 39th Street and Ninth Avenue, had been increasing their rents arbitrarily.

Since last year — when operator Alan Boss admitted that the nonprofit affiliated with the flea market hadn’t yet sponsored any local artists, as it promised to do in its mission statement — the market has given grants to three, Seiger said.

Source: No More Complaints at ‘Revitalized’ Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, Rep Says – Hell’s Kitchen & Clinton – DNAinfo New York