Brooklyn Flea, DUMBO | DUMBO, NY
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Everything you need to know about visiting Brooklyn Flea, DUMBO (Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza at Anchorage Pl and Pearl St, Brooklyn).
For nearly a decade, Brooklyn Flea has been luring in both tourists and locals alike with its expansive and charmingly eccentric offerings of antique housewares, vintage clothing, repurposed jewelry and just about every other tchotchke you never knew you needed. Although the Flea has bounced around a few different locations over the years—Fort Greene, Williamsburg and now a new year-round indoor market in Soho—co-founders Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby are thrilled to have DUMBO’s figurative doors re-opened for the 2017 season. The market’s 60 vendors sell everything from vintage furniture to NYC photographs to children’s clothes.
Know before you go
Yes, Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO is outdoors, but it will be open every Sunday from 10am to 6pm, April through October—holiday or no holiday, rain or shine. Although half of the Pearl Street market is situated directly under the Manhattan Bridge Archway, the other half is under the sun (boasting spectacular views of One World Trade Center), so be sure to check the forecast ahead of time and pack an umbrella or sunscreen as needed. And while some vendors accept debit and credit, many deal in cash, so it’s best to bring both. But if you find yourself a few Jacksons short for that wood-fired stoneware planter you clearly have to have, not to worry—there’s an ATM on-site.
Come for the beard brushes, stay for the pork buns
That’s right, in addition to weird and wacky novelties, Brooklyn Flea’s DUMBO locale sells food—lots of food—and cheap. Lord knows antiquing can work up an appetite, but thankfully, there’s plenty of options when it comes to global street cuisine. Grab a Hong Kong–style pork belly bao to go or snag a picnic table so you can rest your legs and focus your full attention on the crispy, egg-beef-and-pickle-layered glory that is Jianbing Company’s savory Chinese crepe. And don’t forget to wash it all down with an artisanal beverage or two: Rockville Market Farm mixes a mean Vermont Maple Lemonade, while The Lighthouse serves as a beacon of thirst-quenching hope, pouring plastic tumblers of beer and wine under the magnificent archway.
Get to know your local vendors
Arguably, the best part of buying anything at Brooklyn Flea is learning about the personal touches that come with the goods. Take a few minutes to chat up your vendor to get to know them and their product. You may learn that the colorful beach blanket by Shade Amour was actually hand-block printed in India and that a portion of the proceeds go toward an annual charitable project. And the Thea Grant ring you’ve been eyeing? It’s made from recycled gold—a piece of the haute green jewelry movement that aims to avoid the creation of new waste. You’ll never get personal stories like these from H&M, and that, dear shoppers, is priceless.
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Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza
at Anchorage Pl and Pearl St
|Opening hours:||Every Sunday 10am–6pm. Opens April 2.|
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