Flea jumps to Williamsburg

Flea-nuts: Shoppers eye the nut butters at the Brooklyn Flea’s new Williamsburg winter market.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A popular hipster market moved out of the cold and into a Williamsburg warehouse for the winter this weekend.

Brooklyn Flea’s weekly outdoor tchotchke and artisanal pickle fairs in Williamsburg and Fort Greene are closed for the winter and their vendors will be hawking their wares in an industrial building on N. Fifth Street at Wythe Avenue for the cold season. Bazaar big-wigs say making the event year-round serves a vital purpose.

Asa Stella, working at the Porchetta restaurant stand at Brooklyn Flea market’s new indoor location in Williamsburg, shows off some prime cuts of meat.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

“We felt obligated to accommodate [Flea sellers] year-round, especially because so many vendors are now fully-fledged small businesses who rely on the markets for income,” said Eric Demby, co-founder of Brooklyn Flea and its food-cart counterpart Smorgasburg, which is also coming to the former factory. “If Smorgasburg can now be year-round, who are we to deny people their Ramen Burgers?”The Flea’s new outpost in the playground of Park Slope’s PS 321 will remain open on Saturdays and Sunday through Dec. 22.

The indoor expo run Saturday and Sunday every weekend through March 2014, when all three outdoor locations will reboot.Brooklyn Flea winter market (80 N. Fifth St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.brooklynflea.com). Saturdays and Sundays, 10 pm–7 pm through March 2014.

Lyric Croy takes out a tray of cookies at the Vermont Lemonade and Rockville Market farms’ table at Brooklyn Flea’s new indoor location in Williamsburg.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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