Brooklyn Flea Opens New Outdoor Location and Hosts Bakesale 4 Japan
It’s going to be a great weekend at the markets! The spring season is just getting started, and I received this exciting press release from the Brooklyn Flea! Their outdoor season starts this weekend, along with Bakesale 4 Japan on Saturday! Read on: This weekend, April 2+3, the Brooklyn Flea heads back outdoors for the season, to its flagship site on Saturdays in Fort Greene and to a brand-new Sunday location: on the Williamsburg waterfront between North 6th and North 7th Streets, with an expansive, unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline and riverside park access to both the north and south. At 40,000sf, both sites will accommodate up to 140 vendors every weekend through November 19+20, rain or shine, with many vendors selling at both markets, alongside an exciting lineup of new faces. Starting November 26+27, the Flea plans to return to Skylight One Hanson, the event space in the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank, for the 2012 winter.
Adding several dozen new vendors to its mix of antiques, furniture, vintage clothing, handmade, jewelry, and of course delicious food, the Flea builds on its status as one of the best markets in America and the world—as recently named by Country Living, Delta Sky, About.com, My Daily.com UK, and Shelterpop.com. The world-class shopping, food, and community atmosphere attracted several names of note over the winter, including Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, even Anna Wintour.
The new Williamsburg market, located on an undeveloped acre parcel within The Edge development, adjacent to East River State Park, promises to create a new neighborhood gathering place for families and residents of all ages in North Brooklyn, much as the Fort Greene market has done for Brownstone Brooklyn. Local businesses such as Saltie (sandwiches), Kings County Jerky (grass-fed beef jerky), Opus 418 (antiques, decorative art), and Neal Mello (vintage clothing and furniture) will add a homegrown feel, and when the East River Ferry service begins landing at the North 6th Street pier in June, the Flea will help establish the area as a major Brooklyn waterfront destination.
In what has become an annual tradition, marching bands will usher in the Flea’s opening outdoor weekend. Raya Brass Band will parade its Balkan rhythms around the Fort Greene market on Saturday, and the Brazilian Maracatu will march in Williamsburg on Sunday, both from 1 to 3pm. There will also be a brief ribbon-cutting at 1pm on Sunday with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Council Member Stephen Levin, at the North 7th Street entrance. And on Saturday in Fort Greene the nationwide Bake Sale for Japan will set up outside the Lafayette Ave. entrance, featuring donated baked goods from Il Buco, The Treats Truck, Fat Witch Bakery, and more.
For a complete list of new and existing vendors, hi-res photos, and any other information, email us, or visit our newly redesigned website. [singlepic id=909 w=320 h=240 float=center]
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