The Brooklyn Flea will not return to East River State Park in summer 2014

Flea to pack bags: Locals push market out of Williamsburg park

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Call it the Flea that flicked itself.

The popular hipster market Brooklyn Flea will not return to Williamsburg’s East River State Park next summer after organizers acquiesced to complaints from locals who said the market and its sister foodie fair Smorgasburg were monopolizing the public space on weekends, the New York State Parks Department announced on Monday at a community board meeting.

“No one could use the park the way people wanted,” said Jonathan Burkan, a Williamsburger who lives across from the park. “It was every weekend and the community got tired of it, and so politicians decided on a compromise.”

The move will free up Sundays, but Smorgasburg will continue operating on Saturdays as part of the deal. Burkan predicted peace at last, starting next spring. On Sundays, at least.

“I think everyone will enjoy a relaxing place,” Burkan said. “Not a place with thousands of people buying stuff.

The bazaar’s other locations will remain in operation, including the just-opened indoor winter market in a nearby N. Fifth Street warehouse.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018: Fixed typos.
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diehipster from Crushing Coltons says:

It must be agonizing to know that you can't go to the same place every weekend an see $80 "hand crafted" belt buckles and typewriters from 1905. How will the bearded Michiganites cope? This really just sucks doesn't it? It's not like there are bigger problems out there. Mommmmmmmmy!!!!
Dec. 11, 2013, 12:07 pm
sh*t from shinola says:

will not be return to

will continue operating in the on Saturdays
Dec. 11, 2013, 12:19 pm
LiveHipsters from Williamsburg says:
The asinine "diehipster" seems not to realize that most of us he would probably label hipsters are among those who wanted the Flea displaced for at least one day of the weekend.

East River State Park and the other waterfront area, public land for the good of all of us in the community (hipsters, nonhipsters and diehipsters alike) -- and private land given to the community in exchange for building rights were being taken on summer weekends for a commercial enterprise. We want to be able to stroll around in peace and quiet -- the point of the parks -- and enjoy the waterfront. The concerts were one thing: they were less intrusive than the market, and they occurred at night often, or only on Sunday afternoons (and not all summer Sundays). So this is good news for hipsters, and this is one hipster who is celebrating.
Dec. 11, 2013, 1:20 pm
Jada from Cobble Hill says:
It's kind of sad that there are people that believe that shopping is "culture". It's a fundamental difference between the counterculture youth of days gone by and today's 20-40 somethings with their mainstream, yupster, conspicuous-consumerism proclivities. It's not very "New York" (or even urban) to be into that stuff or to want to hang out with a bunch of tourists. I suppose they're homesick for mall culture. There are plenty of twee places to shop and nosh besides our public parks.
Dec. 11, 2013, 5:24 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
That's quite an age-range, Jada, if you don't mind my saying so.
Dec. 11, 2013, 6:51 pm
diehipster from Crushing Coltons says:
Hey LiveHipsters

Trust me my kale eating smug yupster friend - I know very well that those who don't want it are pretty much of the same breed. But I just had to pick one of you to laugh at in this case - and it was the ones losing their playground.
Dec. 12, 2013, 3:14 am

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