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Brooklyn Flea: Pleasantly Flea-Free

If you haven’t been to the Brooklyn Flea, you are absolutely blowing it. But, the fact that you’re reading this means you’re smart enough to use a computer, which means you probably have already been, so I’m not gonna go into graphic detail about what the Brooklyn Flea is.

For those not in the know, it’s a fantastic outdoor market featuring mostly vintage and handmade goods from local Brooklyn businesses and residents that you can’t find anywhere else. Or at the very least, all in one place. It’s like a microcosm of Brooklyn and Brooklyn businesses concentrated in one place for your shopping/viewing/smelling convenience, offering you lots of stuff you probably didn’t even know you needed!

And then there’s food. I’m a total sucker for fair food – there’s something about the novelty of eating outside while standing up that just really gets me. There’s nothing like having the wind in your hair, the sun in your eyes, and a hot dog in your mouth. Yes, I know it’s poetic, but it’s also very true.

 

The food at Brooklyn Flea captures the best of two things – outdoor casual eating, and delicious high-quality food. Plus, you’re supporting local, independent businesses and oftentimes local food & agriculture too! Trade in that nasty McD’s double cheese for delicious fish tacos from Choncho’s or a Banh Mi dog from Asia Dog (pictured below). Or a freakin’ lobster roll for GOD’S SAKE!! The stuff is delicious, quick, and fresh as hell. It’s like fast food that doesn’t suck. To say it a third way, come hungry.

Or maybe you already ate lunch (a mistake, in my personal opinon), in which case you can go straight to the Blue Marble ice cream or People’s Pops, or any number of tasty baked treats being sold directly from the creators like Kumquat Cupcakery and The Good Batch (stroopwafels!) No funky funnel cakes here, only the good stuff.

Um so yeah I really like food get off my case!! In fact, the only problem with food at the Brooklyn Flea is waiting in line to get it. But hark! This problem is being solved as we speak, as the food-only branch of Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg, opens in Williamsburg on Saturdays starting May 21st!! Hopefully this will mean smaller crowds, shorter lines, and more food from different vendors. HOOOOO-RAAAAYYYYYY!

But there’s also stuff to buy! Junk mostly. But good junk. Cool junk. Junk you can put in your trunk. And then take home and decorate your apartment with, in an effort to pretend you live in a relaxed, country home from the 1950s with pies cooling on the windowsill and not in a shoebox in the biggest, busiest city in the U.S.

So you’re welcome, Brooklyn Flea, for that sterling advertisement I just wrote on your behalf. Not that you needed the help.

Fort Greene
Saturdays
10am-5pm, Rain or Shine
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)

Williamsburg
Sundays
10am-5pm, Rain or Shine
27 North 6th St. (btw. Kent Ave. + East River)

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