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The borough’s newest flea market is about to land in a parking lot behind an Islamic School on 20th Street.

The Park Slope Flea Market will launch next month in the rear of the Al-Noor School, bringing more than 60 vendors each Saturday and Sunday to the block between Fourth and Fifth avenues.

“There’s going to be clothing, jewelry, antiques — we’re going to have it all,” said South Slope resident Mohamed Toom, one of the organizers of the market, which is set to take place in the 25,000-square-foot parking lot through the fall.

Alongside the secondhand goods, the flea will also feature food vendors — some of whom will hawk Middle Eastern grub.

According to Toom, the location of the market, which is midway up a somewhat dreary block, is perfect for shoppers who are itching for a deal.

“This is a great location because it’s close to everything: the trains, Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, even Downtown Brooklyn,” he said. “This is going to be great for the neighborhood.”

Aaron Brashear — the so-called “Mayor of Greenwood Heights” — agreed that the flea would be a boon for the community, which boasts new restaurants, eateries and shops, as well as old-time mom-and-pop businesses.

“It’s great news anytime that somebody can find an innovative way to bring the community together,” said the 23rd Street resident. “This will ultimately add to the diversity of the amenities in the neighborhood.”

But Brashear confessed that he was irked by the Park Slope Flea Market’s name.

“They should call Greenwood Heights what it is,” said Brashear. “We have enough Park Slope-isms already.”

This “Park Slope Flea Market” will join a crowded field of weekend bazaars that are springing up in the wake of the hugely popular Brooklyn Flea, which is set to begin its second year in Fort Greene on April 18 after a wintertime run indoors in DUMBO.

The best known in Park Slope, of course, is at PS 321 on Seventh Avenue. That one is also known as “the Park Slope flea market,” setting up a potential rivalry for such a coveted name.

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e.banks from greenwood says:
this is a nice idea, hopefully it works out well. but how are they gonna get rid of that dead chicken smell from next door? that lot reeks and is often coated in feathers...
March 31, 2009, 3:50 pm
tee gee from sunset park says:
it is so funny to hear brashear complain that the Park Slope label is wrong. it is fun to see a hypocrite get his payback - there is no such neighborhood as greenwood heights - it is sunset park. maybe, to make brashear happy we could call his handful of blocks the greenwood heights enclave - what is the residential population? 80 or so folks? let's see - sunset park 110,000, greenwood enclave 80, i think the title of "mayor" has to be changed also, maybe try on "pack leader".
March 31, 2009, 3:50 pm
The Mayor from Greenwood Heights says:
tee gee, then let's agree to call Sunset Park "Bay Ridge," which it used to be called.

Do your homework. The areas surrounding the cemetery, and its highest point in Bklyn, have been called Greenwood, or the Heights, or the Heights of Greenwood or Greenwood Heights since the late 1700s.

And considering the area in question is from the Prospect Expressway to 36th St, 4th Ave to 8th Ave (as defined by City Planning and Community Board 7), I think there's a wee bit more folks than 80 households...especially with all the new condo/rental development (don't get me started).

So keep your snarky comments to yourself and be a good neighbor. We happen to love nearby Sunset Park!

Thanks,

That "guy" Brashear
March 31, 2009, 7:40 pm
ARTURO from WILLAMSBURG says:
I AM VENDER WITH A WEBSITE I WOULD LIKE TO SETUP A TABLE AT THE 20th ST. FLEA MARKET i HAVE DONE OTHER MARKETS IN BK .I FEEL THIS LOCATION IS PERFECT FOR MY LINE OF PRODUCTS HOW DO I SIGN UP!!!! MY SITE IS TORIESTREASURES.COM I HAVE 360 PAGES OF ITEMES TO SELECT FROM AND OTHER WHOLSALE SOURCES.THANK YOU
April 20, 2009, 9:29 pm
ARTURO from WILLAMSBURG says:
I AM VENDER WITH A WEBSITE I WOULD LIKE TO SETUP A TABLE AT THE 20th ST. FLEA MARKET i HAVE DONE OTHER MARKETS IN BK .I FEEL THIS LOCATION IS PERFECT FOR MY LINE OF PRODUCTS HOW DO I SIGN UP!!!! MY SITE IS TORIESTREASURES.COM I HAVE 360 PAGES OF ITEMES TO SELECT FROM AND OTHER WHOLSALE SOURCES.THANK YOU PS MY EMAIL IS ARTUROR57@YAHOO.COM
April 20, 2009, 9:30 pm
mystery daddy from greenwood heights says:
I have a bunch of maps of brooklyn from the 70's and 80's AND 90's that all call the area around greenwood cemetery greenwood heights. this is NOT sunset park. hang out on 48th street and 5th and hang out on 20th and 5th. they are different hoods. look at an official map. research it a little.

I wish yuppies from park slope would just all ride themselves away in their mc claren's and accept that there is a hip artistic neighborhood that(used to be in park slope) but is now more diverse than their's happening just below them. I can't wait fro the flea market :)
April 21, 2009, 8:39 pm
Amy from sunset park says:
i am a vendor at the flea market and for me it has gone great. its all about taking a risk if you have the product that customes want you will do well. The $50.00 plus the aditional $5 paid to be a vendor and rent tables is really nothing if you are real about making money. I belive everything starts off slow and becomes better within time. if you treat your customers well they will come back and send customers to you. The people organizing the event are great people they are still coming up with ideas to make get the attention of the buyers as well as to advertise and get more vendors. E
May 23, 2009, 12:35 am
Amy from sunset park says:
i am a vendor at the flea market and for me it has gone great. its all about taking a risk if you have the product that customes want you will do well. The $50.00 plus the aditional $5 paid to be a vendor and rent tables is really nothing if you are real about making money. I belive everything starts off slow and becomes better within time. if you treat your customers well they will come back and send customers to you. The people organizing the event are great people they are still coming up with ideas to make get the attention of the buyers as well as to advertise and get more vendors. Everything sells its not about the item all the time but about how you sell your item. i have no regrets in taking park as a vendor and i will continue to participate until it ends. if you are wondering stop thinking and take the risk you wont regret it.
May 23, 2009, 12:36 am

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