November 23, 2011
This past October, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar drew in a crowd of over 5,000 visitors with its impeccably curated offerings of local food, art, architecture and urbanism. Setting up shop in Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market, the Bazaar took the model of the Asian night market and invited a host of artists, food purveyors, and musicians to bring life to the colorful hub of readapted shipping containers during its usually dormant hours. The event was wildly successful, echoing the liveliness of night markets in China, Taiwan and Vietnam but set instead in a landscape of tents, stalls and freight containers and carried out to the live soundtrack of YACHT. New Yorkers got a taste of a bustling night life that could exist outside of bars, restaurants, and swanky concert venues, a taste that included buttery lobster rolls, savory pies and endless baked and fried treats.
Met with such an enthusiastic response, the producers of the Bazaar have decided to bring the night market back in December, just in time for crafty New Yorkers to pick up artisanal holiday gifts and treat themselves to some piping hot local fare. As if Dekalb’s shipping containers were not hip enough, the Bazaar is bringing in Architizer favorites JDS/Julien de Smedt Architects, fresh from designing a Norwegian ski jump, to create a masterplan for the market. It looks like the team is seriously upping the ante with plans to take over a 40,000 sq ft warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront using demarcated spaces inspired by the set of Lars Von Trier’s Dogville. The rendering reveals a stage curved like a half-pipe along with light and video installations by NBNY, the stars of Greenpoint’s Bring to Light festival, projected onto the 30-foot tall walls and ceilings.
It is refreshing to see such a burst of energy from local creatives, and it is particularly exciting to witness a new appreciation for architecture coming from an unexpected place. As we are seeing more and more, good architecture is no longer restricted to its service to the rich and powerful, but it is increasingly used as a means to empower more democratic enterprises. On a lighter note, we expect this to be one hell of a party.
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar will take place December 15, 16 and 17th from 5 pm to midnight each night, located at 149 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.bkbazaar.com.
All images courtesy the architects.