Brooklyn Expo Center to launch with Antiques and Book Fair

August 27, 2014 Heather Chin
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Past, present and future will soon collide at the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center, which will host its inaugural event – the Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair – over the weekend of September 13-14, inside the former Greenpoint Terminal Market at 79 Franklin Street.

The event will feature over 100 exhibitors from around the country, offering up vintage manuscripts, jewelry, paintings, posters, old cookbooks and photographs detailing life in Brooklyn, New York and beyond.

Among the items are a collection of Prospect Park paintings by William Bils from the late 1920s and author Noah Brooks’ 1884 pioneering baseball novel, “Our Baseball Club and How It Won the Championship.”

“Brooklyn is the hottest market in the country right now,” said Marvin Getman of Impact Events Group, which organized the fair. “We are excited to be a part of this explosive creative energy.”

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Also on display will be the Brooklyn Expo Center itself. Located on Franklin Street between Noble and Oak Streets, the center has 28,000 square feet of exhibit space and includes a banquet hall, cafeteria and offices. Developer Joshua Guttman aims for the complex to be the premiere large-scale event space in Brooklyn – akin to the Jacob Javits Center – bringing new energy into a neighborhood full of vibrant businesses old charm.

According to real estate brokers with MNS, Aptsandlofts.com and Meadow Partners, new residential and mixed-use developments continue to come to Greenpoint, where commercial rents are “now approaching $60 per square foot,” according to The Real Deal.

The Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 with the donation of a new children’s book. Children under 12 get in for free.

All donated books go to support literacy through the Brooke Jackman Foundation, honoring a New Yorker who lost her life in the September 11 attacks.

The fair will also host a preview benefit supporting the Brooklyn Public Library/Friends of Greenpoint, on Friday, September 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery, as well as The Milk Truck, will provide food concessions throughout the weekend. Tickets for the preview are $25 and include access all weekend.

More information can be found at www.BrooklynAntiquesAndBookFair.com and www.BrooklynExpoCenter.com.


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