Ultimate Brooklyn Flea in NYC guide

Brooklyn Flea—the mac daddy of outdoor bazaars—has a new warm-weather home at Hester Street

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The Brooklyn Flea is undoubtedly one of the most popular flea markets to hit in NYC if you're looking for the best selection of throwback wares and records, which you certainly wouldn’t find in just any vintage clothing store or record store in the city. The food selection is also top-notch since the creators also operate one of the city’s best food markets: Smorgasburg

Here’s what you need to know about Brooklyn Flea for 2021. 

What's new at Brooklyn Flea?

Big news—Brooklyn Flea just launched the new Hester Flea this summer, which pops up on Saturdays at Hester and Essex streets, from 11am to 6pm. Here, you can peruse a selection of goods by 15 or so vendors.

What can I buy at Brooklyn Flea? 

For midcentury Dutch furniture, visit Van der Most Modern. Dan’s Parents’ House hawks tchotchkes and oddities, like a bucket of eyeballs (not real ones, silly!). Savannah Hope sells ceramics from yesteryear, and Joan Van Hees is your vintage go-to: Her stash of throwback apparel is the most reasonably priced ($10 to $200), too.

What is there to eat at Brooklyn Flea?

The Flea doesn’t offer as many bites as Smorgasburg, but when the shopping fatigue sets in, there are a few food vendors selling their drool-worthy munchies at the Dumbo location. Saturday flea-goers can walk a couple blocks down to East River State Park to satiate their hunger at Smorgasburg. Past highlights: pork buns from C Bao, Indian grub from Dosa Royale, shaved iced by People’s Pops and pizza from Wood Fired Edibles.

Where is Brooklyn Flea?

Brooklyn Flea is also back in Williamsburg every Saturday on Kent Avenue at North 6th Street from 10am to 5pm and in Chelsea all weekend from 8am to 5pm at 29 West 25th Street.

FYI: You can still experience the Flea’s town-square vibe at its alfresco Dumbo location on Sundays. The market moved farther down the waterfront to the cobblestone streets of Pearl Plaza in 2016, which brought in a ton of foot traffic. This European-style iteration continues to spotlight roughly 65 to 70 vendors that display their goods beneath the Manhattan Bridge

Know before you go 

Aside from hitting the snooze button, what’s the first thing you do in the morning? Peep your Insta feed, duh. Checking Brooklyn Flea’s page (@bkflea) is exactly what cofounder Eric Demby suggests you do: The feed posts about the cool events, from concerts and apparel customization, going down at the flea.  

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Ultimate Guide to Smorgasburg 2021
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Ultimate Guide to Smorgasburg 2021

It’s finally outdoor eating and drinking season in New York City, and rooftop restaurants and bars citywide are throwing open their doors for the occasion. So, too, is Smorgasburg, with a brand new spot in Jersey City that opened on May 29, and the World Trade Center location that opened on Friday, May 21.  Smorgasburg is also returning to Williamsburg’s Marsha P. Johnson State Park on June 26, and Prospect Park on June 13. Here’s a little more about what Smorgasburg 2021 has on deck.  What is Smorgasburg? Smorgasburg is the food bazaar spectacular that unofficially announces summer in New York City every year. Founded by Brooklyn Flea’s Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler, the culinary extravaganza typically spotlights about 100 vendors across its locations. Smorg has four spots in 2021, two in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg and Prospect Park, one at the World Trade Center, and for the first time, another in Jersey City.  When is Smorgasburg? Smorgasburg Williamsburg will open on June 26 and will operate every Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Smorgasburg Prospect Park will open on June 13 and will operate every Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Smorgasburg World Trade Center is open every Friday from 11am to 7pm. Smorgasburg Jersey City is open on Saturdays from 11am-6pm. Each location will be open all summer.  Where is Smorgasburg? Smorgasburg Williamsburg is at Marsha P. Johnson State Park, a.k.a 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Smorgasburg Prospect Park is at Breeze Hill. Smorgasburg Jersey City is at Harborside; that’s 210 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, for the GPS. Smorgasburg World Trade Center is at 185 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10006.  Who are Smorgasburg’s vendors? Smorgasburg’s full list of Brooklyn vendors will be announced in the coming weeks. Smorgasburg’s World Trade Center vendors are Mao’s Bao, Carlitos Barbecue Taqueria, Bona Bona Ice Cream, Wood Fired Edibles and Rooster Boy. See Jersey City’s vendors here. Want to know what’s cool in the city? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from NYC and beyond.

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Things to do in Dumbo, Brooklyn

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Things to do in Williamsburg

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