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Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
A, C, E at 42nd St.-Port Authority Bus Terminal
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Hell's Kitchen Flea Market (which has now merged with Annex Antiques Flea Market) is the neighborhood's answer to the Union Square Greenmarket and the Chelsea flea. Running every weekend between Ninth and Tenth Avenues on 39th Street, it's a nice mix of antiques sellers, vintage-housewares hawkers, local-produce stands, and street-food vendors, improbably tucked beside the terminal's bus ramps. While the number of vendors is still modest, the furniture and vintage housewares are substantially less expensive than they'd be in Chelsea. We spotted a refinished glass-front bookcase for $350, and our companion took home a handsome set of antique ceramic pharmacy jars for $45. Perhaps the most attention-getting vendor was Michael Sheafe, the proprietor of Toaster Central, a business selling antique toasters (as well as the odd waffle iron). Our advice: Visit him for a nickel-plated beauty, then proceed to the Amish farm stand for a loaf of fresh bread and a jar of jam. Grab some peonies from a flower stand and maybe a set of vintage juice glasses. Then head home, set your table, and have a proper brunch.