Thanks to all your comments yesterday and an email from Kristina Ratliff, who is the flea market's PR representative, the truth is out, finally...
The Chelsea Flea Market IS moving to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market (39th between 9th & 10th) at an unspecified date following August 1, 2005.
While Ratliff told the Voice in June that the lot "had not been sold" and that she didn't know when the lot would be developed, her press release from last week seems to put August very much on the map:
NEW YORK (July 10, 2005) - Started in 1976 as a "penny-jar" investment on an empty lot on an estranged corner in Chelsea, entrepreneur Alan Boss marshaled 11 vendors to single-handedly shape the outdoor mecca that has become known by treasure hunters worldwide as The Annex Antiques Fair & Flea Market.
This summer, after almost 30 years of outdoor commerce-delight and top-notch haggling, The Annex will make the grand journey to the fated sidewalks of Hell' s Kitchen Flea Market.
Prospected for an unspecified date following August 1, 2005, Mr. Boss and his world-famous flea will travel the distance to the "little neighborhood that could" from the "little neighborhood that did."
As the temperature rises in Manhattan real estate markets, the inevitable development of the vacant parcel in Chelsea gambled in the hearts of market vendors and shoppers alike. Foreseeing the gentrification of the neighborhood, Boss harkened the spirit of Hell's Kitchen's legendary Paddy's Market, a massive outdoor pushcart mart that thrived through the 1930's at the same location.
Embarking on the adventure from Chelsea, all voyageurs, from vendors to day-trippers, will find welcome mats running the entire block of 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues.