The Internet Yami-Ichi in New York

a free to attend “Internet­-ish” flea market

Saturday, September 12, (12pm – 8pm)
Knockdown Center, 52-­19 Flushing Ave, Queens, NY 11378 
Organized by IDPWexonemoChris Romero, and Eri Takane


The Internet Yami-­Ichi is a free-­to-­attend flea market where people gather and exchange “Internet-­ish” things in real life. Originating in Japan, the first ever U.S. edition of the Internet Yami-Ichi was the tenth Internet Yami-Ichi and the largest yet. Over 130 vendors exchanged and sold wares at Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot former door factory-turned arts space in Maspeth, Queens.

Online secret society IDPW organized the first Internet Yami-­Ichi in Tokyo in 2012. Since then it has travelled to BerlinSapporo, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Past vendor items include glitch­-embroidered clothing, Edward Snowden snow globes, and apps rejected by Apple. The Internet Yami-Ichi in New York coincided with the first ever WWyW (World Wide Yami­-Ichi Weeks), simultaneous markets in Taichung, Taiwan; Linz, Austria, and Seoul, Korea. 

Flea markets and the Internet are both fanatical and chaotic mixes of the amazing and the useless. In the Internet Yami-Ichi the wills and desires which brought us online are salvaged into a social exchange celebrating the Internet, in the real world.