It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and holiday markets are popping up all over Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Flea at 1000 Dean Street, there are local craft markets happening in neighborhoods from Windsor Terrace to Greenpoint. Here’s an incomplete list of where you can find some interesting handmade items:

Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Tree Sale at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Record Sale and Craft Fair at Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Saturday, December 13, 5 pm to 10 pm
Pop2 Brooklyn Holiday Market at 200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13, 4 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, December 14, noon to 8 pm
Brooklyn Pop-up Holiday Market at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Bushwick, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, Fridays 8 pm to 12 am, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 pm
Hand Makers Holiday Market at Golden Drum, 97 Green Street, #G1, Greenpoint, Sunday, December 14, 1 pm to 8 pm
Proteus Gowanus Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 12 pm to 6 pm
Arts East New York Holiday Market at 170 New Lots Avenue, Saturdays and Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 11 am to 7 pm
Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-up Market at Times Plaza at 4th, Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues (across from the Barclays Center), Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, noon to 8 pm

Image via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 


Lower East Side mainstay Fringe Salon opened its first location in Brooklyn Tuesday, at 298 Bond Street in Gowanus. Owner Amy Schiappa has lived in nearby Carroll Gardens for years. Some of Fringe’s customers are well-known musicians, including the three members of Rainer Maria, which contributed music to a video about the new space.

Fringe Brooklyn offers the usual services as well as the salon’s own line of hair care products and makeup. It also hosts ever-changing exhibits of art for sale.

Up in the Brooklyn space now are works from Ash Ferlito, Marcie Paper, Ben Pederson, and Sophia Flood. Click through to the salon’s blog to see photos and the video showing the interior and the art. GMAP

Photo by Fringe Salon


Gym CrossFit KingsBoro opened two locations last week in Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, as well as a spot in Bushwick in October. A reader sent in the above photo of the chain’s storefront at 920 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, taken when it opened December 1.

The space was formerly home to restaurant Soule. The official grand opening is set for December 14, according to DNAinfo, which was the first to write about it.

In Bushwick, CrossFit opened in early October at 10 Wilson Avenue, close to Flushing, another reader told us. Meanwhile, in Crown Heights, Crow Hill CrossFit had its grand opening at 1010 Dean Street Sunday, a spokesperson said. CrossFit was founded in Santa Cruz in 2000 and there are at least six other locations in Brooklyn. GMAP


Midwood Investment and Development Corp. is touting two huge retail spaces available for lease at 800 Union Street that could lure big-box retailers to the heart of Park Slope, but the Department of Buildings disapproved conversion plans for the building, a parking garage, in November 2013 and little progress appears to have been made on the project since. The ground floor space would have 7,248 square feet and the lower level would have 3,903 square feet, according to the developer’s online brochure.

Renderings for the altered structure, which we published last year, show an attractive loft-style cast iron and brick building with ground floor retail space and apartments and penthouses with big windows and balconies above. Click through to see more drawings of the proposed alteration.

The developer filed plans to convert the parking garage to a mixed-use building in October 2013 but the city disapproved the plans the following month. In July of this year, the developer filed to alter the front and back facades, but the job was “administratively closed due to inactivity” in September, according to the DOB file.

Our only question is: Where would people park?

800 Union Street Listing [Midwood Investment and Development Corp.] GMAP
Marketing, But No Work, for Slope Conversion 800 Union [Brownstoner]


Home goods and crafts store Altamira Workshop opened last weekend at 217 6th Avenue in Park Slope. Owners Philip Sachs and Amy Fierro sell handmade items, many of them produced locally, such as ceramics, jewelry, stationery, art and home goods.

The owners have “created an in-house brand of goods that emphasize a combination of affordability and high design,” according to the shop’s press release. They’ve been teaching printmaking classes and selling their prints for years at outdoor markets like the Flea, and now they’ll offer consultations on printmaking and an onsite print shop at Altamira.

The shop’s name refers to the Cave of Altamira in Spain, which contains some of the earliest known Paleolithic cave paintings. GMAP

Photo via Altamira Workshop


The Plex started leasing apartments last year, and now retail space in the building is available. Or maybe we should say retail space is still available. When we passed by a few weeks ago we saw “for rent” signs on the ground floor of the building at 958 Nostrand Avenue.

There are a lot of really big spaces here with big windows and lots of frontage on the avenue. Turns out the spaces were up for lease over a year ago, according to a commenter on Brooklynian, who spotted the listing at Massey Knakal. Now Heller has the listing. There are two spaces that can be subdivided, with almost 10,000 square feet on the street level between them and more in the basement.

These are the kinds of big spaces national and global retailers have a hard time finding in Brooklyn, but perhaps the location would be better suited to something smaller. Or maybe the rent is really high. Anyone know more? GMAP


We’re a little late to this news, but Le Petit Bakery at 354 Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene shut its doors at the end of September. The owners didn’t give a reason but posted a farewell note on Facebook, Fort Greene Focus wrote at the time. Meanwhile, a new bakery called Isabelle’s appears to be moving in three doors down 154 Adelphi in the old Little Louie’s Pizza spot — but it turns out it is only a temporary set for a film shoot.

Click through to see the cute storefront and a notice about the filming. Thanks to a tipster for the photo of Isabelle’s. GMAP


After fewer than four months in business, retail mogul Andy Spade’s home goods store Boerum House and Home at 312 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has shut its doors. Meanwhile, nearby at 265 State Street, a combo hotel-condo, known as The Boerum, is getting ready to launch sales in mid-November, a spokesperson for the development told us. The space that housed Boerum House and Home will become the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group sales gallery for the condos.

Boerum House and Home was founded by Partners & Spade, a partnership of Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti, in partnership with architecture and development firm Flank, which designed the store. The store debuted in late June or early July, as we reported at the time. In an email to us, a spokesman for The Boerum called it “the acclaimed housewares and furnishings store designed and curated by Flank and Partners & Spade” and noted that Partners & Spade is a creative agency whose clients include Warby Parker, Shinola and J.Crew. Flank is also the developer and the designer of The Boerum, its first and biggest project in Brooklyn.

The Boerum, which apparently will take up all of one side of Smith Street between State and Schermerhorn, has put up a teaser site. The site also goes by the addresses 71 Smith Street and 140 Schermerhorn, and The Carlyle Group is also involved, according to Crain’s. The hotel will occupy the first six stories, and floors seven through 19 will hold 128 one- to five-bedroom apartments, including four penthouses, with a focus on larger units catering to families, the PR rep said. The red brick and cast stone building will offer family-friendly amenities such as art classes for kids staffed by teachers from the Children’s Museum of the Arts in the Village, according to The Wall Street Journal. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Corcoran may not even have to change the sign at 312 Atlantic Avenue, which just says “Boerum.”

The Boerum [Official] GMAP
Andy Spade Debuts Home Store on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill This Month [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Flank


A Michael Jordan fan and documentary filmmaker last week opened a boutique dedicated to the man and the brand, selling Air Jordan clothing and sneakers. Located at 302 Malcolm X Boulevard in the old Liquid Oz cafe spot, Jordan Heads Brooklyn is a “holy shrine to His Airness,” owner Calvan Fowler told streetwear blog Highsnobiety.

When we stopped by in July when the store was under construction, the store’s initials were already visible on the window, but workers inside told us the new business would be a cafe. Images of Michael Jordan cover the walls, and the sneakers are wrapped in clear plastic.

Most of the merchandise is new, but some of the sneakers — “unworn” and “pristine” collector’s items — are used and sold on consignment, with a generous 85 percent cut going to the owner, said a story in DNAinfo. The only-in-Bed-Stuy store hopes to become a destination for Michael Jordan fans visiting New York City, the owner told DNAinfo.

A Fowler-directed documentary about the obsession with Air Jordan sneakers, called “Jordan Heads,” like the store, will debut in 2015, said Highsnobiety.

Jordan Heads Brooklyn Becomes First Exclusive Air Jordan Sneaker Boutique in NYC [Highsnobiety]
Michael Jordan Consignment Store Sells Pre-Owned Sneakers in Bed Stuy [DNA]
JHBK Cafe Replacing Liquid Oz in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner] GMAP


A general store selling hard-to-find items is prepping to open at 518a Willoughby Avenue early next year. Willoughby General will carry bread, cheese, coffee, gifts and a small selection of produce. Co-owner Rachel Tutera said she wants to offer items her neighbors can’t find elsewhere in the area.

“We want people to be able to come here instead of zigzagging all over the neighborhood or going to Manhattan to get staples or odds and ends,” she said. The shop is taking requests on what to carry through its Facebook page. Since Key Food on Myrtle and Throop closed over the summer, locals have wondered where they can buy basic groceries without walking several blocks, Tutera said.

Other items may include locally made honey from the bees in a nearby garden, home brew kits, regional spices, and some magazines and newspapers. Tutera and her business partner, Barbara Lester, hope to open in January with hours from 7 am to 7 pm. They’re signing the lease on the 300-square-foot space this week. GMAP