More Information On The Proposed "Brooklyn Night Bazaar" In Gowanus

Yesterday, PMFA reported that Aaron Broudo, the creator and organizer of Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a late night flea market, plans to bring the event to the shores of the Gowanus Canal.

To that end, he has applied for an outdoor Seasonal Liquor License under Brooklyn Bazaar LLC, for 226-242 Huntington Street. The site, situated between Smith Street and the Gowanus Canal, belongs to John Quadrozzi of Quadrozzi Concrete Corporation.

I had the chance to speak with Aaron Broudo this morning to get more details about the proposed Gowanus event.  He confirmed that it will be very similar to past bazaars, which have featured everything from artisanal crafts, food vendors, live music, d.j.s, dancing, as well as a wine and beer garden.

Broudo plans on hosting the Bazaar on the 60,000 square feet site for 14 weeks this summer, on Friday nights and Saturday nights from June 21 to September 21st.  Broudo anticipates attendance of 700 to 1,000 people on those nights. The hours will be from 6 PM to 12 PM.  Most will arrive by public transportation or bicycles, he believes. The entrance to the site will be on 9th Street, just steps away from the 9th Street F-train station, which is slated to re-open later this month.

Broudo understands that there may be concern about noise, but says that the music is more a part of the overall event, and as such, will feature smaller indie bands. To muffle the sound, the music stage will be covered by a dome-like structure, which can hold 200 to 300 people.

Another concern relates to the proximity of the venue to a Superfund site and to a large brownfield. When asked how he will make sure that people aren't tempted to dip their feet into the Gowanus Canal on a warm summer night, he mentioned that there is a 10 to 12 foot cement block barrier separating the lot from the water's edge. "We will most probably put up additional fencing.

The NY State Liquor Authority applicant is scheduled to appear for a review before Community Board 6,  The public will have a chance to weigh in on the matter  at CB6's Environmental Protection/Permits & Licenses Committee meeting on April 22  at 6:30 PM,  Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street (corner of 7th Avenue)