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How bazaar! A Park Slope flea market joins the crowd

The latest venue for a flea market is the parking lot of the Islamic school on 20th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues in the South Slope.
The Brooklyn Paper / Ben Muessig

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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