The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns to Williamsburg next month

On Saturday May 14th the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair will set up shop next to Smorgasburg in East River State Park. From [Read more…]

Brooklyn Flea is fleeing Williamsburg for DUMBO this year


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. [Read more…]

Bushwick Flea coming to Bushwick next month


If you’re sick of the tourists and crowds at Brooklyn Flea, good news. Bushwick Flea is coming in April:

Bushwick Flea will debut next month on a lot at the corner of Wyckoff and Willoughby avenues featuring more than 35 vendors, with a focus on vintage clothing and jewelry, said founder Rob Abner.

Abner and several other Brooklyn Flea vendors decided to start their own market after deciding the well-known Williamsburg market had gotten “very big and very touristy,” Abner said.

The Bushwick Flea will have room for 50 vendors and will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More information at

Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea are moving to Crown Heights this winter

bkfleaAt least we still have Night Bazaar.

If today’s chilly, sodden weather hadn’t clued you in: winter is coming. Time to move all of summer’s outdoor bounty indoors, including powerhouse al fresco markets Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea, which are winding down their waterfront season. After last year’s successfultransition to a Williamsburg warehouse, the whole kit and kaboodle are instead heading to Crown Heights to join their gorgeous new sister Berg’n.

Co-founder Eric Demby dropped the news to the Times in a one-off line in the paper’s examination of the booming market trend. Demby confirmed the news to us today, telling us everything will move to 1000 Dean Street beginning the weekend of November 8th and 9th. The new space, seen above, will link internally with Berg’n, which offers ample seating, a full bar and the hall’s permanent food vendors including Flea vets like Ramen Burger and Mighty Quinn’s.

The space looks more finished than its predecessor and Demby tells Eater it will be “similar to our winter market last year in W’burg, just a different location…albeit a far more pleasant one.” Demby says there’ll be between 100 and 110 vendors each weekend and that they’ll be set up with more permanent stalls. Of those, five to 10 will be cooked-food stands and more from the “packaged-food contingent.”

“It’ll be more Winter Flea than Smorg, where you browse for a bit, wander into Berg’n for a burger/brisket/dog/slice and a beer, then maybe go back to the market and buy a chair or a blouse,” Demby explains. “For dads like us, beer makes shopping better, and the idea is to make this a no-brainer winter-weekend destination for families, tourists, and of course Brooklynites.” Sounds kinda like a mini, artisanal mall…but with booze! Thumbs up. [Gothamist]

There will be crates: Brooklyn Flea turns into a record fair on Saturday

A Girl Holding A Vinyl Record

And we just got over Record Store Day. The event takes place from 11am-6pm at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave. at N. 7th Street). From their Brooklyn Flea:

The first record fair of 2014 is set for Saturday, May 10, with more than 50 vendors.

Here are the special guest DJs this spring:
Sandra Electronics (Regis & Silent Servant)
Autre Ne Veut
Caroline Polachek (Chairlift)
Jesse Cohen (Tanlines)

Here’s the May 10 Record Fair vendor lineup:
ATO Records
Ba Da Bing! [Read more…]

Brooklyn Flea returns to Williamsburg this Sunday, May 4


From Brooklyn Flea:

After a long wait, the Flea returns to Williamsburg this Sunday, May 4. Our new home is 50 Kent between N. 11th and N. 12th, just three short blocks north of our 2013 home at East River State Park. This summer we’re proud to be working with the Open Space Alliance to make 50 Kent an awesome North Brooklyn destination, with concerts by our friends at Northside, free Bike NY lessons, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, and lots of other fun stuff. Help us break in the new digs this Sunday!

Brooklyn Flea booted from Williamsburg waterfront

Brooklyn Flea (c/o DNA)

Brooklyn Flea (c/o DNA)

First the concerts at Rough Trade get shut down for being too loud, now this:

The Brooklyn Flea’s vintage dresses, handmade jewelry, records and trinkets that filled the Williamsburg waterfront each week last summer won’t be returning this year — after locals complained that the popular outdoor market was robbing them of precious park space.

The flea brought dozens of vendors and hundreds of shoppers each Sunday to East River State Park, but organizers agreed to stop holding their market on the land this year to accommodate residents, founder Eric Demby said. [Read more…]

Brooklyn Flea coming to Williamsburg for the winter beginning Saturday


via DNA:

Brooklyn Flea is moving to Williamsburg this winter instead of staying in its regular location at the 1 Hanson Pl. clocktower in Fort Greene, Flea founders announced.

Beginning on Nov. 30, the Flea will take up residence on the second floor of a 47,000-square-foot industrial loft space at 80 N. 5th St.

“We were packing in like sardines at the clocktower,” said Brooklyn Flea co-founder Eric Demby. “Frankly we outgrew the space.”

“We had to turn away several vendors last year,” Demby added. “We loved the space and feel terrible about leaving but now we can accomodate more vendors.”

The new location will fit 200 vendors — double the size of the Fort Greene location — including 75 Smorgasburg food stations, he said.

Brooklyn Flea will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends at 80 N. 5 St. through Dec. 21. In the new year they will reopen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the beginning of April they plan to return to their regular outdoor location in the schoolyard at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene.