Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint closes

May 4, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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The 40,000-square-foot Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, only eight years after it opened in 2014, has closed and is being replaced by a ninja center, according to several online sources.

The center, at 72 Noble St., was room to several events covered by the Eagle over the years, including the Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair, the Best Friends Animal Center’s Super-Adoption Event, the New York City Hot Sauce Expo (which, according to the expo’s own website, has been relocated for this year to New Jersey) and more.

Contestants at an eating contest at what was called the “Stage of Doom” at the 2015 Hot Sauce Expo at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Eagle file photo by Andy Katz

A glance at the Brooklyn Expo Center’s website shows no new activity. The last posts on its Facebook page were from September 2019. Back then, although no one would mistake it for the Javits Center, business was really booming. Among the events scheduled that month were the IPA Fest, the Digital Marketing World Forum, another edition of the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, and the ever-popular Sex Expo.

Ferox Athletics, which has taken over the space, says on its website that “conveniently located at 72 Noble Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, steps from the G train, and the East River waterfront, Ferox Athletics is the perfect place for you to go and work out. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, there is something at Ferox Athletics for everyone.” 

Among its features, according to the Ferox website, are “ninja warrior courses and obstacles,” a pro calisthenics set-up, a parkour set-up, a “massive trampoline arena” and a café and juice bar.”

The Hot Sauce Expo, covered by the Eagle in 2019, featured more than 50 hot sauce vendors “from Queens to New Zealand.” Steve Seabury, the organizer of the expo, was quoted as saying, “We chose the Brooklyn Expo Center for the venue because I love the area. I am a Queens guy and the location couldn’t be more perfect.”

Marvin Getman of Impact Events Group, which organized the first antiquarian book fair at the center in 2014, told the Eagle, “Brooklyn is the hottest market in the country right now, and we are excited to be a part of this explosive creative energy.”  The fair boasted more than 100 exhibitors from across the country and showcased fine antiques, vintage books, posters and prints.

The Super Adoption event for animals, held in December of that year, offered more than 800 dogs, cats and rabbits to the public, along with visits from Edie Falco, Bernadette Peters, Emma Kenny and even Santa Claus. 

The 2017 version of the Antiquarian Book Fair debuted a “Works on Paper” gallery, including illustrations by the late children’s author-illustrator Maurice Sendak. The most expensive article offered at the fair that year was a signed edition of Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” for $22,500. And Rebecca Romney of the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” gave a talk on how to start a rare-book collection.

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