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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg Go Indoors For The Season

Winter Flea + Smorgasburg 2016

Winter Flea + Smorgasburg 2016



Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg begin their annual winter merger in a single location, returning this season to their 2010-2012 indoor/winter home at Brooklyn’s most iconic interior, the glorious former Williamsburg Savings Bank space known as Skylight One Hanson.

With 75 Brooklyn Flea vendors selling vintage, antiques, clothing, and handmade, alongside 25 Smorgasburg food vendors, on three floors including the former bank vault, mezzanine overlook, stained-glass and gold-tile mosaic narratives, stunning marble floors and chandelier lighting, and architectural detail dripping from every corner, visiting the market is part shopping jaunt, part perfect lunch spot, and part museum-style field trip.

The market entrance is across the street from the Atlantic Terminal Mall and Barclays Center (directions below), centrally located between Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Downtown Brooklyn. The ground floor and mezzanine will feature Brooklyn Flea vendors and a bar (beer/wine/cider), with Smorgasburg downstairs on the vault level along with coat check, seating, and a second bar.

The iconic location this winter necessitates the markets’ first-ever entry fee: a modest $1 per adult; kids 16 and under get in free. A portion of the proceeds collected will be donated to the markets’ holiday giving partner, The Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Food Bank provides approximately 62.5 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need.

A few new Brooklyn Flea vendors starting this winter:

  1. Jewelry designers JACK + G, the collaborative design studio of Gretchen Anderson and Jack Danzinger, joins the market with their lovely jewelry line, designed at their home studio in Bushwick.

  2. In apparel, look for Amalya Dan’s LaRosh handcrafted hats, which make a great winter accessory or holiday gift.

  3. Children’s apparel vendor Wovenplay will be selling their designer kid’s line of coats, leather vests, shoes and more.

  4. Quick Brown Fox Letterpress is printed in Fort Greene by Kate Murray, with holiday designs and custom ordering available.

Single-weekend pop-up vendors abound:

  1. All The Bad Cats Instagram artist Matt Timms will be creating live cat paintings—bring a photo, not your cat!—and selling prints. (November 12+13)

  2. This Night sells socks designed in Brooklyn and made from custom-dyed yarn in Reading, PA. (First Weekend: November 19+20)

  3. Ceramicism’s modern limited-edition functional ceramics are handmade one at a time by Brooklynite Dustin Barzell. (First Weekend: November 19+20)

  4. Steve’s Urban Lumber mills wood from fallen trees to fabricate exquisite cutting boards. (First Weekend: November 26+27)

  5. Apotheke’s line of candles, soaps, diffusers, lotions, gift sets and more launched at the Flea and can now be found at shops across the country. (First Weekend: November 26+27)

  6. Collective Hand is sisters Keely and Danielle Angel, who naturally dye textiles for the home, apparel, and accessories. (December 17+18)

Familiar longtime vendors still form the market’s core, naturally, such as McMillen Books’ awesome array of antique + collectible books; Tall John’s Living Room, featuring his weekly rotating collection of midcentury modern furniture finds; Hamidou’s Collectible African Art booth features gorgeous indigo-dyed textiles from Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, stunning antique wooden sculptures and bowls from East and West Africa, and pretty and useful handwoven baskets; Claudia Pearson Illustration selling tea towels, aprons, totes and more; Huntress Home’s funky midcentury and ‘70s housewares; and all-time family favorite dAN’S Parents House’s loads of collectible toys, games, and crate-digging ephemera. Expect plenty to look at and buy as gifts or for yourself—shoes, belts, vintage clothing, watches, postcards, light fixtures, new and vintage furniture, toys, records, cameras, jewelry, taxidermy, plants, frames, glasses, collectibles and more.

Don’t shop on an empty stomach—there will be plenty to eat at the Winter Flea + Smorgasburg, plus lots of yummy packaged foods, which also make great gifts.

In the packaged-food area in the downstairs vault, look for several new vendors making fermented food including Anomaly Season’s seasonal fruit and veggie kimchi, Cleveland Kraut’s fermented sauerkraut from beets, cabbage, and more, and Coastal Craft Kombucha, whose brews are served on tap at the market or sold in bottles. Other new additions to the packaged food lineup include Haute Chocolate’s organic handcrafted bars sweetened with coconut and maple syrup, and Sweet & Salzig’s classic German Christmas stollen and cookies, alongside a line of savory pies. Also look for Woodward Extract Co.’s kits for mulled wine, cider, and spicy hot chocolate to take home for yourself or give as a gift. Don’t miss other holiday food gifts like Queen Majesty Hot Sauce, Lincoln & Berry olive oil, Cocktail Crate mixers, and Dorset Maple Reserve syrup.

Other Smorgasburg highlights include Bird’s Eye Vietnamese, a new street food concept by longtime vendor Dennis Ngo of Lonestar Empire. A highlight of his menu will be the Com Ga Nha Trang, chicken and rice with ginger fish sauce, house aioli, cured egg yolk, herb salad and condiments. Ramen Shack will make a triumphant return this winter, following the opening of Keizo Shimamoto’s new brick-and-mortar by the same name in Long Island City. Classic ramen dishes and a rotating menu of weekly specials served from a tiny shack with seating. Other vendors joining the indoor market fresh off their first outdoor season include Jianbing Company (Shanghai savory crepe), Malai (Indian-inspired ice cream, with pie), Oni Sauce (karaage), Rubyzaar Baked (cookies and sweets), Tramezzini (Venetian sandwiches), Raindrop Cake (agar water cake) and Yakitori Tatsu (grilled yakatori). Classics include Ramen Burger, Dough, Lumpia Shack, Monk’s Meats, East Coast Poke, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Oaxaca, Wowfulls, Takumi Taco, Red Hook Lobster Pound and more.

 If you’re feeling thirsty, grab a drink from one of the two bars, opening mid-November, with a rotating lineup of beer, cider, and wine. The entire market area will be licensed, so feel free to sip while you shop. Stand Coffee will also be onsite, right at the entrance of the market, with drip coffee and an espresso bar.

 Last-minute holiday shoppers are covered with extended hours Wednesday, December 21 through Friday, December 23, noon to 8pm, and Christmas Eve Day, 10am-3pm.

Location + Hours:

Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg Winter Market

Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-6pm

$1 entry (kids 16 and under free)

Skylight One Hanson

1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Place), Brooklyn NY 11243

D/N/Q/R/2/3/4/5 to Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center

C to Lafayette Ave.

G to Fulton St.

Holiday HoursWinter Flea + Smorgasburg 2016

Wednesday, December 21, thru Friday, December 23, noon-8pm

Saturday, December 24, 10am-3pm

Closed: Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day

Back Open: January 7+8, 2017


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