It seems that Spring is finally here to stay in NYC and for a lot of us Brooklynites that means Brooklyn Flea is back outdoors! On Saturdays from 10am – 5pm it’s in Fort Greene at 176 Lafayette and on Sundays it’s in Williamsburg at 50 Kent Ave.
With 100 flea vendors and 30 food vendors at it’s peak, this is a great way to spend a Saturday. Last weekend, I went on a furniture hunt with my friend Jennifer and ooed and ahhed at all of the amazing artists. We perused vintage denim jackets & band tees and stocked up on a few vintage gold chains for $10. I got an amazing gold-tone cigarette holder that I’m going to use as a wallet, from Hook and Ladder Antiques. I also fell in love with watercolor-like Polaroid photographs from She Hit Pause Studios and eyed a 1920s armoire from restorer Christina at WhiteWashed Furniture. Follow @shehitpausestudios on instagram. Trust me, hours will pass, it’s the epitome of “the eye must wander.” Also, vendor Avian and John’s amazing reclaimed pieces gave me a few Mother’s Day ideas.
After a long day of shopping, I like to really reward myself, with a donut from Dough… and popsicles and shaved ice from People’s Pops, and tuna tacos from Takumi Tacos…. God Bless America because if a girl is craving all of those things, she doesn’t have to choose. It doesn’t seem gluttonous because I’m at an artisanal food market right? I’m just a “foodie.” I also had a ricotta-honey ice-cream on the way home.
Travel + Leisure called Brooklyn Flea, “One of the world’s coolest bazaars,” and I definitely agree. There’s definitely that old world bazaar charm here that rivals many markets I’ve been to abroad. As my friend Jennifer and I observed while discussing our excursion last Saturday, it seems as though all of my favorite Brooklyn things to do are are coming together into some kind of Brooklyn mega-market juggernaut, with Smorgasbord, Brooklyn Flea, Berg’n (the local food-hall where you can find me on my laptop hopped up on chai latte and hibiscus donuts many a weekday) all under the same management. I love it; it makes sense.
We walked to and from our Crown Heights neighborhood to Brooklyn Flea and found some new places we’re excited to go to now that the weather is warmer. One of my ‘Nomads who you’ll see soon likened living in Brooklyn to being in a European town (she’s from the UK). I totally get that, no wonder I love it here so much. Get lost with Jennifer and I below.
What are you up to on Saturday?
Head to Brooklyn Flea!