A scene from an Etsy Handmade Cavalcade of Christmas past. via Etsy NY Flickr
It’s almost holiday time everyone, which is personally my favorite shopping time of the year. It’s so exciting, and everything sparkles! Sugar and spice and everything nice! Lights! Trees! Of course, the holidays also means making a list of who you need to buy presents for; family, friends, bosses, significant others, your local bodega cat, your favorite bartender, your future New Year’s make-out partner… etc.).
Let’s make that shopping list easier to fill out by shopping local at the many Brooklyn markets this year. Who needs the crowds of tourists in Manhattan when you can take a leisurely stroll and attend many of these instead. Craft fair crawls are highly encouraged; bonus points are given if you can beat my record of going to five of these in one day. Plus this year there are added extra things do if you need a rest, such as playing black-light mini golf at The Brooklyn Night Bazaar and ice-skating at McCarren Park. Ready! Set! Shop Local! (more…)
What will you find at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar? Photo by Sarah Gainer
If you’ve been looking forward to the second iteration of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker Street), you’re not alone. The event this year is markedly different from the Bazaar we experienced last year, and sponsored by manifold companies such as Uber, Perrier, Puma, Gothamist, Modelo, and more. As with most successful first-year events, some changes were made for the second year’s event. Here’s a rundown of the good and the not so good: (more…)
Hope you didn’t get too excited when you saw our previous story about the possibility of the Williamsburg Night Bazaar heading south to Gowanus. It sounded like a plan that could be fun in theory, but obviously was going to rile up local opposition, what with the attempt at getting a liquor license and the rumored four or five thousand people showing up each weekend. And lo and behold, organizer Aaron Broudo has pulled out after said opposition, leaving seekers of artisanal Brooklyn goods wandering the streets in vain, unsure of where to find them. (more…)
Like this, but outdoors. And with more heavy metals in the air
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a ton of fun, what with all the shopping options and the music and the stuffing your face. The only downside? It’s in the winter, so you’re freaking freezing on the way over there and then everyone is all bundled up once they’re inside, which is decidedly unsexy. Summer, with the sweating and the lack of appropriate clothing is way better for things being sexy. And the creators of the Night Bazaar, recognizing that, are trying to expand their operation to Gowanus for the summer. (more…)
If you’ve been procrastinating on your holiday shopping, don’t you worry, we’re here for you. While most of Brooklyn’s wonderful craft markets have packed up, to hibernate until next year, there’ still a few that can provide you with all the hand-made, locally sourced holiday cheer that you can handle. All markets open Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.
The Vegan Holiday Shop-Up runs Dec. 8, 15, and 22 at Pine Box Rock Shop.
If you’re like me, you get stressed out when when December rolls around and its time to buy gifts for Hanukkah and Christmas. It seems like I have to buy for everyone– my parents, friends, bosses, boyfriends, girlfriends, secret crushes, the friendly neighbor that dog sits when you go away, kind people that do favors for me, etc. And, in case you forget someone, my trick is to have an extra gift handy because you never know when you’re going to need it. Luckily for us Brooklynites there are lots of ways to shop locally and support Brooklyn based artists, and keep away from the Manhattan tourists who want to see the tree and walk slowly down the sidewalks. Here are the best holiday markets in every neighborhood to keep your holiday season stress (and crowd) free. (more…)
Brooklyn’s answer to the recession: make consumerism a party! The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is back for a festive holiday season run of shopping, food, music, booze every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 23 through Dec. 22, 6pm-midnight, at 45 N. 5th St (b/t Wythe & Kent) in Williamsburg. Featuring more than 200 of the top local makers, artists, vendors, brewers, and artisanal food purveyors, plus a curated music lineup each night, you can get all your shopping done while getting drunk and listening to a hip soundtrack in a massive warehouse. Multitasking, Brooklyn-style. (more…)
FRIDAY 5pm-1am (thru 12/17): the brooklyn night bazaar returns with independent merchants and food vendors, plus performances by the hold steady, fucked up, midnight magic, titus andronicus, lcd soundsystem’s james murphy (dj set), more. 149 kent ave (williamsburg), free, $10-22 for bands. (more…)
The Brooklyn Lyceum holiday market/Photo by Flickr's groundsel
As if Amazon’s anti-small-business tactics weren’t enough to convince you, here are more than a dozen reasons to ignore e-tailer spam and shop locally in Brooklyn. This year, holiday markets are popping up around Brooklyn like Swedish espresso shops, with added inducements like concerts, performances and booze. At Dekalb market, Santa’s even posing for photos in a shipping container. Beat that, internetz. Markets are free unless otherwise noted. (more…)