Since 2008, Brooklyn Flea has grown into one of New York City’s top attractions. Where else can you find an old Hulk Hogan doll, New York cityscapes drawn on a PostIt note, a box of “vintage” Pez and one of the best views of Manhattan?
Running every weekend, Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, jewellery, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers. Now I love markets, but I especially love markets that have unusual and artsy stuff — not just the crap in your Aunt Edna’s attic. You’ll find original New York tin tiles that used to hang in local restaurants that have become the coolest mirrors, old typewriter keys made into bracelets and old rubber dinosaur toys that have now become planters.
Now in its fifth year, the Flea has grown into a New York City institution, The New York Times called the Flea “One of the great urban experiences in New York”, Travel + Leisure, Country Living, Budget Travel, and Fodor’s have ranked the Flea one of the best markets or antiques shows in the U.S. and the world, and Time Out NY named the Flea one of New York’s Essential Pick-Up Spots –just in case you’re looking.
From April through Thanksgiving, the Brooklyn Flea markets take place outdoors, on Saturdays in Fort Greene (176 Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave.) and on Sundays in Williamsburg (located inside East River State Park at Kent Ave and N. 7th St). And from Thanksgiving through March, the market moves indoors to 185 Wythe Ave. at North 5th St. in Williamsburg. But trust me, on a warm Sunday afternoon, the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg is the place to be.