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Ultimate Brooklyn Flea in NYC guide

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

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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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 2022.

When does Brooklyn Flea start for the season?

The Brooklyn Flea DUMBO kicks off the weekend of April 2 and 3, 2022, from 10am-5pm. Brooklyn Flea also operates in Chelsea year-round on Saturdays and Sundays, 8am-5pm, and the new Hester Flea on Saturdays, 11am-6pm.

Where is Brooklyn Flea?

Brooklyn Flea is in DUMBO on the cobblestone streets of Pearl Plaza, where it spotlights roughly more than 40 vendors that display their goods beneath the Manhattan Bridge.

The Chelsea flea is at 29 West 25th Street and Hester Flea is at 26 Essex Street at Hester Street.

What can I buy at Brooklyn Flea? 

Past vendors have included Van der Most Modern's midcentury Dutch furniture, Dan’s Parents’ House hawks tchotchkes and oddities, yesteryear ceramics, and Joan Van Hees with throwback apparel.

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 of blocks down to East River State Park to satiate their hunger at Smorgasburg or five minutes to Time Out Market New York for a selection of dishes from NYC's best restaurants.

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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