On the Market
Rockaway Beach patrons could have new options close by for sunscreen and tchotchkes this summer.
The city is soliciting bids to operate up to 10 merchandise and beach equipment stands during daylight hours along the Queens shoreline, according to a request for proposals issued by the city Department of Parks and Recreation on Dec. 23.
They may be small stalls, but they mean big business.
As the Union Square Holiday Market moves into the prime days of its 17th holiday season, the five-year agreement the city Department of Parks and Recreation negotiated with the market’s operator and founder, UrbanSpace, has also reached the home stretch.
When the DeKalb Market closed last year in Brooklyn, UrbanSpace, the U.S. affiliate of U.K.-based Urban Space Management, went looking for a new location. The provider of space for urban farmers and creative tenants had previously been leasing container space and other working plots to those with green thumbs across Brooklyn, and it was looking for an area in Manhattan that could provide a similar environment. The firm wanted to be near Union Square, because it had historically been in the area and has had involvement with the Union Square Holiday Market.
The new location, a top-floor, 5,000-square-foot space at 80 Fifth Avenue on the corner of 14th Street, provides rooftop accessibility and plenty of room for office space. Eldon Scott, director at Urban Space Management, reviewed the floor plans with The Commercial Observer and discussed what, exactly, new tenants will see when they begin moving in this week.