It’s fair to say that building and opening Berg’n, the 9,000-square-foot Brooklyn Flea-run beer hall and food court, is the hardest thing we’ve ever done. But here we are, on the eve of the opening, still standing (even after a week of pre-opening parties) and thrilled to welcome the public tomorrow at 899 Bergen Street between Classon and Franklin. We’re fortunate to have received a lot of press this past week so we won’t rehash too many of the details, other than to say the beer hall will feature food from Smorgasburg favorites Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn’s, Pizza Moto and Ramenburger along with a coffee bar featuring Parlor Coffee, Dough donuts, Choice pastries, Blue Marble ice cream, White Moustache Yogurt and Early Bird Granola. You can check out the selection of drafts, rare bottles and hard liquor here.

The coffee bar opens at 8 am tomorrow and food vendors start serving lunch at 11:30 (though Mighty Quinn’s is dinner-only for the first couple of weeks). We’ll be around most of the day, so if you’re a Brownstoner reader please don’t be shy and come say hi!

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Photo from The Hand Eye

The Williamsburg outpost of the Brooklyn Flea opens this Sunday in its new home at 50 Kent Avenue in partnership with the 50 Kent Festival. That means live concerts, free outdoor movies, and lots of other fun things including roller skating and bike riding along with the Flea’s food, drink and vintage items.

This weekend, Smorgasburg in Brooklyn Bridge Park takes a temporary hiatus to make room for all the cyclists pedaling through on the Five Boro Bike Tour. But all your favorite food vendors will return to Dumbo every Sunday starting May 11.

For a full list of all Flea and Smorg locations, go here and here.


Every winter for the past five years, the Brooklyn Flea has moved indoors in December. For the past few years, the market’s been at One Hanson. This year, however, we’ve set up shop in a new 50,000-square-foot space at North 5th and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. There are about 125 flea vendors there to satisfy all your holiday shopping needs along with about 75 Smorgasburg vendors to make sure you don’t go hungry in the process.

The space is so big and jam-packed full o’ stuff that it’s hard to capture it well on film, but the photos below should give you a taste — and you can see a whole lot more on this recent Gothamist post. (Insider tip: Show up before noon and find the shortest Ramen Burger line you’ve ever seen. And wash it down with a cold one from Smorgasbar!) You can find more details on the Flea blog.

The Brooklyn Flea is open on Saturdays and Sundays at 80 North 5th Street from 10 am to 6 pm through the end of March. (more…)


This Sunday, October 6, the Sunday Smorg at Brooklyn Bridge Park will move to Pier 5. There will be room for more vendors and fabulous skyline views. The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair takes place this Saturday, October 5. And looking forward, the new Park Slope P.S. 321 Flea will debut October 12 and 13. Starting October 19, the Williamsburg Smorg will be hosting Greenlight Bookstore’s “Brooklyn Chefs Series” at the Smorg for six Saturdays. For all the details, go here.

Photo by 52 Projects

This weekend, all four markets are open in Fort Greene, Dumbo, and Williamsburg. On Saturday, the Brooklyn Flea runs in Fort Greene and the Smorgasburg runs in Williamsburg. On Sunday, the Brooklyn Flea runs in Williamsburg and the Smorgasburg runs in Dumbo. Check out all the market locations right here. The Flea goes from 10 am to 5 pm, the Smorg from 11 am to 6 pm, and entry to both are free. As always, the markets are home to hundreds of food, jewelry, antique, art and clothing vendors. Here’s a list of Flea vendors, and another list of all the food vendors at the Smorgasburg.
Photo by Scoboco

Smorgasburg, Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasbar is coming to Manhattan’s South Street Seaport this summer. Food and drink will be available at 40 tables outside on Front Street. The developer of the Sandy-ravaged area, the Howard Hughes Corp., invited the Flea, which can put together an operation and attract lots of people quickly, Flea partner Eric Demby told Gothamist. The outpost will be open daily through October. It will stay open until 10:30 pm on weekends. This is not the Flea’s first Manhattan venture. It also has a pop-up shop in Whole Foods Market on the Bowery and runs the concessions at Central Park SummerStage.

Five years after launching in a Fort Greene schoolyard, the Brooklyn Flea, which currently operates four outdoor markets in its home borough every weekend, will add a fifth weekly market to its roster when it opens in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia this summer. While the idea for an expansion to Philly has been brewing for quite a while (remember Brownstoner Philly?), plans for this particular location only started taking shape earlier this year when real estate developer and New York Observer owner Jared Kushner bought the Piazza at Schmidts, a mixed-use complex featuring over 400 residential units and 100,000 square feet of commercial space, and set his sights on building on the existing cultural program in the 80,000-square-foot central European-style cobblestone plaza. “It’s the perfect place for us to try our first geographic expansion,” said Flea co-founder Jonathan Butler (aka Mr. B) in Philly Magazine yesterday. Expect a similar mix of antiques, vintage clothing, handmade goods and, yes, food at Brooklyn Flea Philly. As many as 20 percent of the vendors will be current Flea vendors who have made a name for themselves in Brooklyn. The kickoff date is set for June 2. Location details and vendor sign-up information can be found on the Brooklyn Flea website.
Photo by Michael Toolan for the Vendy Awards

It’s the second weekend of the outdoor market season! The Brooklyn Flea runs Saturday in Fort Greene and Sunday in Williamburg from 10 am to 5 pm. Smorgasburg runs Saturday in Williamsburg and Sunday in Dumbo from 11 am to 6 pm. You can see all four market locations listed here. And check out the many food, vintage, art, jewelry and furniture vendors here. See you in the sun this weekend!
Photo by Scoboco

Spring starts for real this weekend with a double-shot of both the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg markets. The biggest news is that the Williamsburg location for both markets has moved one block north to East River State Park on the waterfront in Williamsburg between North 7th and North 8th Streets. Meanwhile, the Flea launches its sixth season in its flagship Fort Greene location tomorrow and Smorgasburg takes up residency on Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo. You can read about all the new vendors at Smorgasburg and the new vendors at Brooklyn Flea on the Flea website. To avoid any confusion, dates and locations of all four markets are below.

Brooklyn Flea @ Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Fort Greene, 10-5
Smorgasburg @ East River State Park, Williamsburg, 11-6

Brooklyn Flea @ East River State Park, Williamsburg, 10-5
Smorgasburg @ Tobacco Warehouse, Dumbo, 11-6

This is the Brooklyn Flea’s very last weekend of the indoor season at Skylight One Hanson. Despite the holiday, the Flea will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Then on the first weekend of April, the outdoor markets (both the Flea and Smorgasburg) launch in Dumbo, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene. So come say a final farewell to the beautiful interior of the historic bank building, and check out the many art, jewelry, furniture, food, and antique vendors. Here are the directions to get there.
Photo by christopher-amos

Starting tomorrow the Brooklyn Flea spends one of its last remaining weekends at Skylight One Hanson in the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Fort Greene. So come check out the long list of art, jewelry, clothing, food and antique vendors in the historic, photogenic setting. The Flea runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Directions to the market are here. Entry is free.
Photo by zitozone