Surprisingly the move has nothing to do with its Northside neighbors — there have been complaints throughout the years of noise and annoying tourists. Instead the city is cleaning up the, um, TOXIC WASTE, to prepare for the expansion of Bushwick Inlet Park:
But the Flea has to flee its most recent Williamsburg location — the concrete block formerly known as Williamsburg Park and now dubbed 50 Kent — because the city needs to scrub its current space for toxic waste so it can finally expand neighboring Bushwick Inlet Park.
The new location, opening next month, will be around the Manhattan Bridge archway. It will be smaller than the Williamsburg incarnation and cater to the cashed-up local populace by focusing more on pricey vintage clothing, antiques, and collectables and less on handmade goods and food, Demby said.
The Flea is no stranger to Dumbo — it ran a small market at Front and Washington streets in 2008, and had a location of its food-focused offshoot Smorgasburg in a gutted warehouse next to the Brooklyn Bridge in 2012.
And Dumbo boosters are buzzed to have the marketplace back in their cobblestone streets.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Flea to Dumbo,” said Clara Schuhmacher, director of communications for pro-business group the Dumbo Business Improvement District, which worked with Demby to find it a new home. “It’s a treat for our residents and workforce to have the market in our backyard.”
The Flea will still maintain a presence in Williamsburg via Smorgasburg, which will return to East River State Park on Saturdays starting April 2.