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!

Daily News Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg Founders Opening Berg’n Beer Hall Crown Heights
Grub Street New Dishes Debuting at Berg’n, Opening Wednesday
Eater Behold Berg’n, Crown Heights’ Enormous New Beer Hall
Gothamist Inside Berg’n, the Giant New Beer & Food Hall in Crown Heights
Fox5 News Berg’n: New Beer and Food Hall in Brooklyn
T Magazine The Weekly Agenda: A New Brooklyn Beer Hall
UrbanDaddy Candice Berg’n

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This summer’s food and drink options at Jones Beach are about to expand, because Smorgasburg is bringing a beer garden and food vendors to the Central Mall, near the main entrance. SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach will feature large tents and a sandy play area for games like badminton, bocce and ping-pong. A shipping container bar will serve a raw bar by Brooklyn Oyster Party, a selection of beers from Long Island breweries, and Kelvin Slush Co. frozen drinks.

Four food vendors will be stationed at the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day: Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut (fish and chips, clams, shrimp), Home Frite (Belgian-style fries and sausage), Nolita pizza restaurant Rubirosa, and South Williasmburg juice and taco joint Summers.

SmorgasBar: Brooklyn by the Beach will be open Friday through Sunday from May 23 to June 15 (plus Monday, May 26), then daily through Labor Day. Tentative hours are 11 am to 9 pm.

Smorgasburg Is Bringing Oysters, Nachos, Beer and Ping-Pong to Jones Beach [Bedford + Bowery]


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.

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The second annual Food Book Fair is hitting Williamsburg in early May, from the 3rd to the 5th to be exact. The fair features 10 cooking demos, six panel discussions, a tasting event, and more than 200 foodie books on display at the Wythe Hotel and the Brooklyn Kitchen. Check out the schedule here. Guests include food author Marion Nestle, chef Nate Appleman, and Food52 founder Merrill Stubbs. And the programs include a Coffee Crawl, a fundraiser at the Brooklyn Winery for Hurricane Sandy, and a talk by the folks behind Fleisher’s Meats. Bon Appétit Editor in Chief Adam Rapoport will even be grilling ribs at Smorgasburg Saturday. You can purchase tickets to specific programs, or the entire three-day festival, here.

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.
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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!
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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

After spending the last two seasons at The Edge on the Williamsburg waterfront, the Brooklyn Flea will be moving its Saturday food market known as Smorgasburg as well as its Sunday flea market one block north to the East River State Park this Spring. The Flea will be setting up shop in the southeastern corner of the park at North 7th Street and Kent Avenue on an old concrete slab that’s approximately the same size as its former location at The Edge and its flagship spot in Fort Greene. “We are thrilled to welcome the Flea to East River State Park,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey in a press release earlier today.”Already fast becoming a centerpiece of the community, this addition will draw even more people and add to what we fully expect will be a spring and summer full of exciting, community-oriented events and programs at this park.” The weekly line-up will remain the same: Smorgasburg on Saturdays and the Flea on Sundays. (The Flea will continue on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Smorgasburg on Sundays in the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park.) “Staying on the Williamsburg waterfront in this vibrant community is a big priority for us, and we love that the markets will now support one of New York’s truly great parks,” said Jonathan Butler aka Mr. B. “And who can argue with that view!”
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This is the last weekend for outdoor Flea and Smorgasburg markets for the season! Next weekend, the Gifted Holiday Market starts up at Skylight One Hanson. This Saturday your favorite Smorgasburg vendors will face off to create the “Best Fall Dish” as a farewell event. There will also be a Sandy Relief Raffle with some pretty awesome prizes. All the details on those events live here. The Fort Greene Flea runs Saturday and the Williamsburg Flea runs Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; the Dumbo Smorg runs Sunday and the Williamsburg Smorg runs Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. A map and directions to all the markets are here.
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It’s a very special Smorgasburg this weekend. Ramen superstars Ivan Orkin and Shigetoshi Nakamura have teamed up to serve their specialty at the Williamsburg Smorg on Saturday. All of the sales will benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which was created for the Sandy relief effort. All other markets are on, which includes the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene on Saturday and in Williamsburg on Sunday, and the Dumbo Smorg on Sunday. A map and directions to all the locations are here. The Fleas run 10 am to 5 pm, the Smorgs run 11 am to 6 pm. Free.
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The Flea and Smorgasburg sites were unharmed by this week’s hurricane, so the four markets will take place this weekend. Here are a few new vendors to expect. The Fort Greene Flea runs Saturday and the Williamsburg Flea runs Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Williamsburg Smorg runs Saturday and the Dumbo Smorg on Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Free.
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It’s a bit meta to reblog a New York Times story about oneself, but such is the predicament that yesterday’s piece by Liz Robbins, “Kings of a Small-Batch Empire in Brooklyn,” puts us in. It was obviously a huge honor and hugely satisfying to have the paper of record do such a deep dive into the various business endeavors that we’ve spent the past few years working on. (And to note for the record that it all started right here with this blog!) While the ink about 1000 Dean Street and the Brooklyn Flea beer hall and food court was more than welcome, it was particularly cool to have a journalist look at The Flea and Smorgasburg as the business incubators that they really are. There is such entrepreneurial spirit in Brooklyn right now and it’s incredibly satisfying to be playing a part in it. Interested, as always, in everyone else’s reaction.
Kings of a Small-Batch Empire in Brooklyn [NY Times]