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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
DC is a very cool town. Cool. via Flickr user Ali Gold
We’ve just been over how Philadelphia found some local pride and rejected the Brooklyn Flea, but we can always count on other cities’ boosters to try to make their city Brooklyn’s little brother, probably to the annoyance of the rest of the population. Now, in a move that will allow Philadelphia and New York City residents to make fun of Washington, DC, together, Andrew Sullivan said this while announcing his return to the district:
I miss the increasing vibrancy of the city – which somehow doesn’t make it harder to live in. I miss the oases of quiet and the energy of a new emerging city that is both a second Brooklyn and a global hub of media and politics.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Back to Brooklyn with ye.” via Brooklyn Flea Philly
When the news broke that the Brooklyn Flea was headed to Philadelphia, we gave the residents there some good-natured (well, not outwardly hateful) ribbing about finally becoming civilized. However, because of that post, or just because Philadelphia has flea markets and a sense of civic pride that rejected some New York bigshots coming in and telling them what to do, the Brooklyn Flea Philadelphia is no more. The Brooklyn Flea should be fine, contenting themselves with monopolizing the Brooklyn flea market, uh, market, but could this be the beginning of a pushback against the Brooklyn brand in other cities? (more…)