Photo by Evan Scott / Wikipedia

The flea in 2010. Photo by EvanScott7/Wikimedia Commons

When the grass freezes over and droves of Brooklynites huddle indoors for the winter season, what’s a flea market to do? The Brooklyn Flea has been asking itself this question for a while now. Since moving out of their original location in the Skylight space at One Hanson in 2012, they’ve tried multiple venues for their winter market. First, they shacked up in a lofted space in Williamsburg near their outdoor market; then, they tried that warehouse on Dean Street connected to Berg’n. Finally, they opted for Sunset Park’s Industry City.

While they were valiant, none one of these attempts really stuck, and now NY Mag tells us the flea is moving (decisively, we hope) back into the iconic space at One Hanson — née Williamsburgh Savings Bank — in Fort Greene.  (more…)

08/18/16 3:00pm
Add some surreality to your weekend with Matt Knife & Co. (#5)

Add some surreality to your weekend with Matt Knife & Co. (#5)

1. Fête the Farm on Adderly at their 10-Year Anniversary, with free food and drinks, live music by Gioel Severini Jazz Trio, and party favors. (Friday, The Farm on Adderly, FREE)

2. Stuff yourself with art at Finger Food, the inaugural exhibition at new gallery The Hand, with work by 20+ artists, food-based performances, and cake. (Friday, The Hand, FREE)

3. Prove that love is a lie at Let Me Break You Up, an anti-dating show where host Carly Ann Filbin tests real life couples to see if they’re meant to be together. (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, $5) (more…)

02/18/16 3:31pm
Get brass-tastic with Slavic Soul Party! (#)

Get brass-tastic with Slavic Soul Party! (#4)

1. Go brew crazy—it’s NYC Beer Week! There are dozens of tastings, pairings, demos, classes, and more, from Greenpoint to South Slope. (All weekend, various)

2. Grab your favorite youngs and head to Bushwick for Speak Ya Truth, a youth open mic for MCs, poets, artists, and activists. (Friday, Mayday Space, FREE)

3. Hear some great urban tales at Stories from the City, with raconteurs Boni Joi, Nick E. Finn, Dallas Rico, and Jennifer Harmon, plus music by the Lowliest One. (Friday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE) (more…)

06/17/15 7:05am
It's so hip, it's practically European. via Flickr user cisc1970.

BK Flea: so hip, it’s practically European. via Flickr user cisc1970

Once upon a Brooklyn, the term “flea market” conjured up images of bug-infested antique wares and stained vintage clothing finds from a deceased person’s estate sale. Now, though, BK’s market game is on flea-k. That’s right, I said it. Our flea markets have grown to boast an especial eye for the Hard to Find, the One of a Kind, and the Melt Your Mind.

Because remember, a flea market isn’t just a vintage store with an open door. These places also have food, and feature smaller businesses/indie makers who can’t necessarily afford a brick-and-mortar storefront. They’re a great all-in-one way to spend a day with friends and family, or meeting strangers with similar tastes and interests. Flea markets away! Here are all the ones in the borough to enjoy this summer. (more…)

10/27/14 1:54pm
brooklyn night bazaar

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar? is just one of the markets where you can make a little cash this holiday season. via Facebook

Twas the night before Halloween, and you remembered Christmas is just around the corner… For retailers, at least.

It’s never too early to be thinking of the winter holidays. Because, presents.  But if you want to turn that bundle of yarn stuffed under your bed (note to self) into some cash, get crafting, because it’s time to work on your holiday market inventory! Never sold your pom-pom cowls before? Never fear. Brokelyn will try and help you vend your cool crafts to the Brooklynites who appreciate your creativity at upcoming holiday markets. (more…)

09/26/14 9:17am
smorgasburg

This, but indoors. via Flickr user Steel Wool

Do you like Smorgasburg but hate going to Williamsburg for it? Well great news, because Eater reports that Smorgasburg and the Flea are moving their indoor set up from Williamsburg to Crown Heights this year, setting up shop around the corner from Berg’n once it gets too cold to enjoy stuffing your face outdoors. (more…)

05/16/14 2:15pm
district flea

Apparently their good taste wasn’t unimpeachable. ::rim shot:: via Facebook

Despite the fact that the Brooklyn Flea couldn’t work their curated magic in Philadelphia, things seemed to be going a little bit better in the outpost in the nation’s capital. Or so we though, since we don’t bother paying attention to DC except for the imaginary DC of Veep. As it turns out, things weren’t so hot at the District Flea though, because it just abruptly pulled up stakes this week. And in a familiar refrain, a resident claimed carpetbagging did the Flea in. (more…)

04/30/14 4:30pm
brooklyn flea

Like this, but just a couple blocks north. via the Brooklyn Flea

While the Brooklyn Flea had announced the opening dates for its sprawling flea market empire a couple weeks ago, the one place that was missing was a Williamsburg branch. But now Williamsburg residents and Manhattanites who only think Brooklyn goes as far as Williamsburg don’t have to worry, because the Flea has announced their new Williamsburg location this year is 50 Kent. And vendors will be there as soon as this weekend. (more…)

04/25/14 11:24am
gotham girls roller derby

Coming soon to Kent Avenue: Terror on Rollerskates! via Facebook

If you remember a couple of weeks ago (and we don’t blame you if you can’t), you’ll remember that desultory empty lot Williamsburg Park was rebranded as 50 Kent, and is hosting both Beirut and the War on Drugs. And the park will be even more exciting this year, as it turns out it’s gonna host everything from roller derbies to a Brooklyn Flea outpost to outdoor movies. Maybe this whole “naming a venue the address” thing actually works. (more…)

03/27/14 3:44pm
Hey remember this? Photo by Joe Delaney

Hey remember this? Photo by Joe Delaney

Signs of spring approaching include baseball, free trees and people making lists about signs of spring approaching. We can also add the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg reopening to that list, and hey, look at that, next Saturday, April 5, the Flea and Smorgasburg will indeed be back. Where will they be? Pretty much everywhere: Williamsburg, DUMBO, Fort Greene and Park Slope are all getting a piece of the action. Hell, by the time you read this, they may have signed a deal to open an annex in your kitchen. (more…)