Four seasonal markets worth exploring
Antiques, vintage clothing and handmade goods galore pack this year's fleas.
Fri Feb 18 2011
For its 2011 season, the Fort Greene marketplace-meets-smorgasbord is expanding to Williamsburg to provide twice the merchant-hopping fun along a waterfront stretch just south of East River State Park. Saul Restaurant and the Vanderbilt join forces for a gourmet sausage stand launching in early April, and a newcomer named Michael "Bean" Bauer makes his Flea debut with a kitschy collection of housewares and conversation pieces made from salvaged and repurposed materials. Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; Sat 10am--5pm * 27 North 6th St between Kent Ave and the East River, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Sun 10am--5pm * brooklynflea.com. Apr 2--Nov 20.
Bedford Village Market
This spring/summer fair returns with a twist: Each weekend, the curated roster of about ten artists, designers and thrifters will present merchandise revolving around a certain theme, such as baked goods or indie fashion. In particular, the market plans to step up its fine-art game and will dedicate a few weekends exclusively to painting, photography and sculpture. 8 Macon St between Arlington Pl and Nostrand Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (646-247-2437, bedfordvillagemarket.com). Sat, Sun 2--6pm. Apr--Jul; opening date TBA.
Hester Street Fair
The LES open-air bazaar garnered attention in 2010—its debut year—as downtown Manhattan's answer to the hip alfresco exchanges popping up in Brooklyn. Head downtown with the masses in pursuit of addictive lobster rolls from Luke's Lobster ($4--$14) and Treasures & Pleasures' estate jewelry ($20--$250). Hester St at Essex St (917-267-9496, hesterstreetfair.com). Sat 10am--6pm. May 7--Nov.
Live music provides the backdrop for browsing antiques, clothing, crafts and beauty products from 15 to 20 independent vendors. Weekly tunes range from party-starting steel-drum shows to folky acoustic-guitar performances. Shoppingwise, we're especially looking forward to sifting through piles of the funky fedoras ($15--$50) and debonair ties and cuff links ($10--$40) from Chaz Hats and Accessories. 650 Fulton St between Fort Greene and South Elliott Pls, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (fultonflea.com). Sun 10am--6pm. Apr--Nov; opening date TBA.