Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Mary Help of Christians flea market closes for good this weekend

As you can see from the sign, this is the last weekend for the Mary Help of Christians flea market on Avenue A at East 11th Street... not a surprise — residents and vendors have been talking about this date for months.

We've been following the saga of the Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and its inevitable, unfortunate, closure to make way for a new development these past five years.

Multiple neighbors/parishioners have said that the church, school and adjacent property have been sold to a developer to make way for some type of housing.

The flea market will be moving over to the Immaculate Conception Church on East 14th Street and First Avenue in October, first noted by The Villager.

I actually missed this article last week, in which Lincoln Anderson talked with Catholic Archdiocese of New York spokesperson Joseph Zwilling.

“There’s no secret that it’s on the market.” Zwilling said he believed what’s being offered is the entire site, including the parking lot, but wasn’t absolutely sure if that’s the case.

I'll have more on all this later.



Anonymous said...

Too bad bought some cool stuff there.
Very sad !!

BabyDave said...

I'm curious: Where, exactly will Immaculate Conception stage this?

Anonymous said...

Hi BabyDave..I believe it will be in the Courtyard hopefully around mid October.

BabyDave said...

Thanks, Melanie. That's what I had guessed. It's not quite the wide-open expanse on Avenue A, but it's someplace.