The Brooklyn Flea will not return to Williamsburg next summer
North Brooklyn residents rankled by the growing popularity of the outdoor market will have free rein in East River State Park on Sundays
Wed Dec 11 2013
Photograph: Michael Kirby
The Brooklyn Flea has been booted from the Williamsburg waterfront and will have to find a new home for summer 2014. Some residents of the 'hood have been complaining that the popular bazaar and its foodie sister market Smorgasburg monopolized East River State Park, turning one of the area's few green spaces into a commercial zone on both weekend days. Now, the park will return to being just that—on Sundays, anyway, since Smorgasburg will continue to set up shop in the space on Saturdays.
"We’re actively seeking a new Sunday space for the Flea and hope to have news on that soon," Flea founder Eric Demby told TONY via e-mail. "The goal is to keep the Flea in Williamsburg." The market's winter iteration, the Williamsburg Winter Flea, is still happening every weekend through the end of March, just down the street in a cavernous warehouse on North 5th Street.
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