Bug off! Flea market will return — but on Saturdays

Flea market meeting gets heated
Brownstoner Flea organizers Eric Demby (left) and Jonathan Butler (Borough President Markowitz) were all smiles when their market opened in April. But now, both men have come under fire from neighbors.
The Brooklyn Paper / Julie Rosenberg

The flea market that filled the Bishop Loughlin HS yard every summer Sunday with arts, crafts, food and vintage tchotchkes — and angered a church next door in the process — will be back for a second go-round, but this time on Saturday.

Organizers of the Brooklyn Flea said they were not moving the day of their weekly rummage sale to appease members of the Queen of All Saints Church — but actually an entirely different group of believers: their landlords.

“We operate in the courtyard of Bishop Loughlin across the street [from the church],” said flea organizer Eric Demby. “The school came to us and suggested that it would be more appropriate to be on Saturday, and we agreed.

“It has nothing to do with what the church was saying,” Demby added, saying that last summer’s minor friction with the congregation had been settled at a meeting in August.

He added that the Flea will still have its own trash collection service and will continue its free valet bike parking.

Monsignor Andrew Vaccari, the pastor at Queen of All Saints, was not available for comment.

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