Morning Headlines: Which New York-to-Philly Projects Flopped and Which Did Not?


Image via Curbed Philly

Yesterday Curbed Philly had an item breaking down and explicating New York imports that have made it here and those that haven’t. Sandy Smith touched on this in a column for about the Brooklyn Flea’s departure, which he attributes, in part, to its NYC branding. Those transplants that haven’t flaunted their New York-ness do better, Smith said.

Here’s what Curbed’s Tishon Woolcock had to say:

Brooklyn Flea/FAIL: “Has anyone mentioned the fact that Philly already has great flea markets and thrift shops?”
3rd Ward/FAIL: “Reportedly, mismanagement – more than a move to Philly – was responsible for 3rd Ward’s undoing”
Shake Shack/SUCCESS: “Philly has little beef with the chain’s arrival”
Barcade/SUCCESS: “The friendly staff, inviting decor, plus games and craft beer make Barcade an excellent addition to the city’s bar scene.”
Fette Sau/SUCCESS: “A year in, the brisket is still selling by the pound.”

Woolcock also mentions the Ritz-Carlton, which was actually minted in Europe. But its first American location was in New York in 1911, and its second was in Philadelphia. Verdict? SUCCESS until the Great Depression, then FAIL, then SUCCESS again after it reopened in 2000.

Speaking of Curbed Philly — which made a successful transition from New York — its parent company, the Curbed Network, was just acquired by Vox Media, which counts The Verge among its properties. Curbed owns national and regional Curbed, Eater and Racked websites, and will get somewhere between $20 and $30 million in a mix of stock and cash, according to the New York Times.

Speaking of the Times, that’s one New York export that’s absolutely transcended its origins. And judging by how quickly the Sunday print version sells out a my corner store, I’d guess its journey to Philly has been as SUCCESS.

Success and Failure: Importing NYC Things to Philly [Curbed Philly]

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  • cementbrunette

    The Phillyist blog was a big FAIL.That was a Gothamist site.

    • Liz Spikol

      Ah, I forgot about that one. Good memory you have.

  • velvetcrush

    Brooklyn Flea didn’t fail because of the name, it failed because of cost. I go to flea markets for steals and rare finds, the Brooklyn Flea had dealer prices.

    • Liz Spikol

      Here’s hoping the new market, Franklin Flea, will be a little more reasonable.

  • Mike

    Bagels. If bagels came through with the same standards as NY bagels/bagel shops, I’d consider moving back. Spread holds it down for the montreal facet of bagels, but as far as NY bagels in philly goes…MEDIOCRE BREAD CIRCLES.

    • Liz Spikol

      Move back and open a bagel shop!

  • Although still opened when this article was first published, you can now add to the list Pennsy Flea Market. It was owned by New Yorkers who also have the Merrick Flea Market in Queens.

    Pennsy Flea Market closed for good on January 26, 2014 and in keeping with the spirit of this article I will say that being from New York had nothing to do with it. Challenging location, too many vendors selling low quality merchandise, and too many gimmicks were huge factors. And if you feel like reading my 3-part review/rant entitled, “Pennsy Flea Market Review/Saga,” you might come to the conclusion that horrible management was also a reason.