Grove Alley Nite Market a big success
The rain didn’t keep Brooklynites from the Grove Alley Nite Market on Friday evening. The event, a collaboration between the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Gowanus Nite Market, transformed a previously underutilized and unremarkable alley into an enchanting venue for music, crafts, food, and beer.
Under the glow of Tivoli lights, local vendors and craft-makers sold everything from vintage clothing to men’s underwear to alcoholic lollipops. Brooklyn-based band The Toothaches kicked off the night’s music line-up, followed by a reggae set from Trouble City All-Stars, and the headlining performance from Heems, formerly of rap group Das Racist.
“I think it’s a really awesome thing to happen for the neighborhood,” said Schuyler Higgins, a local resident. “No one would have ever thought twice about this street before. Now we’re all drawn into it.”
More than 1,100 people and several dogs crowded into the alley to enjoy the bands, food, merchandise, and atmosphere. The event was part of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s long-term goal of demonstrating the commercial potential of the alley to property owners and businesses.
“Grove Alley is a unique space in Downtown Brooklyn. We believe the alley could become a retail corridor with small retail spaces that front the alley. The Nite Market was an opportunity to showcase the alley’s potential to the public,” said Katie Lyon, Services Manager for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
Based on the success of the Grove Alley Nite Market, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is exploring other ideas to drive traffic to Grove Alley and further their revitalization goals.
For a closer look at the Nite Market, check out the below video tour or go to the Downtown Brooklyn Facebook page for photos.