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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