Flea jumps to Williamsburg

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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.

“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, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 pm–7 pm through March 2014.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018: Story updated to include information about Brooklyn Flea's market at PS 321 in Park Slope.
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Reasonable discourse

Brooklyn Flea Wins Bid to Take Over at P.S. 321, from Park Slope says:
Dec. 2, 2013, 2:13 pm
diehipster from Beating Beardos says:
How many article can be written in one friggin year about a lot full of tables full of pickles, tshirts, costume jewelry and fish tacos????

Wooooowwwww!!! They moved from Greenpoint to Williamsburg!!! Oh boy! Please show a video of bearded Josh putting his tent and urban $50 belt buckles in a van and driving 15 blocks. Please! I need to know how he does it. Please - more pictures of some Molly holding a tray of breast milk cheese cupcakes.

These hipsters are doing the simplest things like baking and sewing and glueing things and are being put on thrones for it.

When is the next Brooklyn Flea article going to be published. Can't wait.
Dec. 2, 2013, 3:27 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
That's true, mookie. It's like nothing happens. And then everything happens. But you don't see it happen, it just happens. Abracadabra, mookie. Shazzam !
Dec. 3, 2013, 12:35 am
Barry from Brooklyn says:
It's time someone tells you how the vendors are ignored and treated like third world citizens by top management of Brooklyn Flea,
After renting the new space and collecting the first weekend rent they were told to bring heaters as there is no heat!
Well at the end of the first weekend a large group of vendors wanted to meet with management at the end of the day to discuss among other things disgusting toilets, heat, no signs on the building and no advertising other than word of mouth and printed post cards that the vendors were to distribute, well the group of disgruntled venders were asked to write done there greivences and leave the building.
Many regular vendors were fed up packed there wares and pulled out also a few food vendors had enough.
I applaude these vendors.
Dec. 3, 2013, 7:33 am
Sam from 11211 says:
Oh, Ethan, please pontificate in your authentic voice instead of your Chooch pseudonym, and wax poetic about the virtues of yuppy shopping and grazing and how it is art and culture. Hmmm? C'mon, Ethan.
Tell me about the virtue of non compete agreements and 18 month confidentiality clauses and how great that is for "art" and creative commerce. Have at it, will you?
Shopping is not culture.
Food is not art.
Alcohol is not entertainment.
Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are an embarrassment to themselves and to Brooklyn.
Dec. 3, 2013, 7:30 pm
Larry Fisher from Bed Stuy says:
I was one of the 40 vendors who was displaced by Brooklyn Flea when they took over P.S. 321...Here is the voice article
And I continue to write about my hatred for Brooklyn Flea in my blog
Dec. 5, 2013, 3:48 am
JC from Brooklyn says:
Bruffins, ramen burgers, and high end pastries are going to clean up all the crime and blight in Crown Heights soon too. How did we survive before these swells came along to save us from regular Brooklyn things? These guys deserve an award for maintaining such a high level of self satisfaction for besmirching Brooklyn's name with their silly branding.
Dec. 5, 2013, 3:25 pm
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
“If Smorgasburg can now be year-round, who are we to deny people their Ramen Burgers?”

Ramen Burgers - like yahhhhhh
Dec. 11, 2013, 10:19 am

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