Brooklyn lives up to its artisanal reputation in December, with so many holiday markets and craft fairs throughout the borough, you could do a craft crawl.
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The Sunday Brooklyn Flea is moving nabes yet again for the market’s ninth season, leaving Williamsburg for its old Dumbo location.
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.
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.
How long has the Brooklyn Flea Philly been in the works?
Only a few months, actually. We only went down and looked at the site in March, and we’ve been talking about it since the beginning of the year. The general idea of doing a flea in Philadelphia has been around for quite some time though.
Did someone come to you with the Piazza location?
Yes. Jared Kushner [husband of Ivanka Trump and owner of the New York Observer newspaper] bought the Piazza, and he has a lot of exciting ideas. All the great stuff that Bart [Blatstein] has already done, he’s going to run the ball even further than Bart has. Jared sees the Piazza as a center of cultural energy. It’s the perfect place for us to try our first geographic expansion.
Meanwhile, the news that a market to be named “LIC Flea & Food” is scheduled to be launched this June in LIC has made its way around town over the last few days. Backed by the Queens Courier and to be hosted in a large lot owned by Plaxall, the LIC Flea joins the Queens County Market, which is a pop-up market, as Queens-based entrants to the burgeoning food scene.
Queens County Market coverage [QNYC]
Disclosure: BlankSlate, which owns QueensNYC, manages the Brooklyn Flea website.