New York flea markets 2012

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1. Shop and eat outside at Hester Street Fair

Hester Street Fair

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This pretty, tree-lined Lower East Side market packs in shoppers every weekend with a killer combination of stylish vintage wares—retro jewelry, antique decor and old-fashioned hats—and one of the best collections of food vendors in Manhattan. Delicious new stalls include Williamsburg darling Pies 'n' Thighs, artisanal ice cream parlor Ample Hills Creamery and boozy cupcakery Prohibition Bakery (prohibitionbakery.com). Look out for surprising booths, like Compass Yoga who will assess your posture and align in you a suitable pose for $1 on opening day.

  1. Hester St at Essex St (hesterstreetfair.com)
  2. Sat 10am–6pm. Opens Apr 28.
25. Rummage in the sunshine at the Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea

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The indie market leaves its winter digs at One Hanson Place on the first Saturday of April, returning to its familiar stomping grounds in Fort Greene and the Williamsburg waterfront with more than 30 new vendors in tow. Hunt out fresh faces Bender Bound for books to stash your hip flask in and Mia Kim for vintage garbs at the Williamsburg location.

  1. 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Green, Brooklyn (brooklynflea.com) • East River Waterfront between North 6th and 7th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
  2. Fort Greene: Sat 10am–5pm. Opens Apr 7; Williamsburg: Sun 10am–5pm. Opens Apr 8.

Dekalb Market

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Dekalb Market made a welcome addition to the outdoor-shopping scene in July 2011, but operator Urban Space is not resting on its laurels. It bursts back on the scene in early April, welcoming old faces and new vendors like Etsy seller Hot Trash Vintage and Park Slope fro-yo fave Culture: An American Yogurt Company to its brightly painted, repurposed shipping containers. But the bigger draw will be the program of events, such as live music on the last Friday of every month, a Down and Derby roller-skating party on the third Friday of every month (beginning May 18) and a lobster boil by the Red Hook Lobster Pound (May 5). If that’s not enough, there are also plans afoot for Sunday-afternoon dance parties and bike-in movies. The clincher: The market has secured a license to open up a permanent beer (and wine) garden in early May with picnic tables for 150 people.

  1. 138 Willoughby St, (at Flatbush Ave Ext)
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The Antiques Garage

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The Antiques Garage is living on borrowed time, operating on a month-by-month lease since summer 2011 until the owner of the building finalizes development plans. Which is a shame, because the 100-odd vendors that fill the old two-story parking garage sell some of the best antique and vintage finds in the city. Go for an early-morning trip to raid the stalls before the hand-holding postbrunch hordes descend.

  1. 112 W 25th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
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Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

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Tucked between the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority bus ramps, this unlikely slice of city street is closed to traffic every weekend when dozens of vendors unfold their tables full of goods. Vendors tend to compensate for the out-of-the-way location by offering lower prices than found in the Chelsea lots, which makes it worth the trek. The market also welcomes a mini fleet of mobile eateries back for the Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar (Every second Sun Apr–Oct 11am–5pm). The lineup has yet to be confirmed, but city staples like Calexico, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and the Treats Truck have all parked there in the past. We advise arriving early to make a first pass at the secondhand wares and avoid missing out on the limited quantities of grub. Check the website in late spring for announcements on more special events.

  1. W 39th St, (between Ninth and Tenth Aves)
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Artists & Fleas

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A rotating selection of around 30 vendors, including local craftspeople and artists, sets up shop in a warehouse every weekend. The browsable mix includes everything from original T-shirts and handmade jewelry to Lauren C. Pratt’s reconditioned vintage Boyfriendbags, decorated with song lyrics and poetry. Also check out the Artist & Fleas pop-up in Chelsea Market.

  1. 70 North 7th St, (between Wythe and Kent Sts)
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Preston Eke
Preston Eke

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