The market has a rich history. It is one of the oldest, if not the oldest active market in NYC. It is the only market with a social mission for the exclusive purpose of raising much needed funding for the four neighboring public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children. The Parents Associations from schools: PS 87, The Computer School, PS 334 (Anderson Program), and PS 452 are the Grand Bazaar’s custodians. All profits raised from vendor rents make a world difference to the schools as they are used for art enrichment programs, in addition to classroom teaching assistants, books, supplies, chess, sports programs as well as other activities that enhance the child’s experiences in a public school setting.
The original market had its humble beginnings in 1982 when a group of parents wanted to supplement the fund raising for the school with a weekend “yard sale.” The market became wildly successful and GreenFlea Market was created in 1985 to ensure the continuity of the operations of the market as parents and students “aged out" of the schools. The GreenFlea Market has seen many changes over the past 30+ years. In the summer of 2016 the market changed its name to “Grand Bazaar NYC” to reflect the current times, and to set a new and exciting direction going forward.
Today Grand Bazaar NYC is also the largest weekly curated market in NYC, that is open all year-round, with over 43,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.