Events — 27 April 2011
The Brooklyn Flea: Browsing & Eating At The Williamsburg Waterfront

The Brooklyn Flea
Sunday, 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine | Through Nov. 20, 2011
27 North 6th St. (btw. Kent Ave. + East River)

Blog: Williamsburg Flea Market

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Williamsburg has grown by leaps and bounds over the course of the past decade. This Brooklyn neighborhood is literally overstuffed with every kind of restaurant and bar imaginable. But there is one factor of this cultural hot bed that not every city dweller knows exists. Williamsburg has a waterfront with a stretch of land which borders the East River, and provides a stunning panoramic view of both the Financial District and Midtown. You can literally see the entire Empire State Building from the “beach” location. This land mass is officially called The East River State Park and it has been the home to the famed Jelly Pool Party concert series in summer’s past.

This sprawling Williamsburg waterfront location is now one of the homes to the wildly successful Brooklyn Flea, market events which are held year round at various exciting locations throughout the borough. The flea is held on Sundays all season long. And the best thing about it- it’s free and a great reason to be outdoors! The vendors bring such a wide variety of new and antique products to the flea, you aren’t likely to find the same item twice. This factor makes it an event worth attending on that note alone. Upon passing through the entrance gates, we met up with Chase Gilbert, Managing Director of Kasbah Moderne. They sell perhaps the best preserved collection of vintage typewriters and cameras around. Either of these would make a perfect addition to one’s apartment as a conversation piece. If you’re a photo buff, this is the perfect place to purchase a classic camera and restore it to working order. Your friends will be quite impressed. But you may want to grow out an old timey mustache as well to really be authentic. If you’re looking for vintage clothes or originally made Brooklyn themed T-shirts, you will find the mother load here. Just be sure to have enough cash on you because most vendors do not take credit cards.

If you love or even like food, you need to head over to this Flea Market. After a warm summer afternoon of buying or browsing there is nothing I like to do more than to grab something hearty to eat. Food vendors line the outer fences of the market, and trust us when we tell you, it’s not boring carnival food. The great people at the East Village pork based eatery Porchetta came with guns blazing. They brought along what I can only call, “Super Pig.”  The people at Porchetta have seasoned and cured this piece of pork in such a way, that the skin has a texture to it that crackles in your mouth with juicy, salty goodness. Other vendors included the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Asia Dog, People’s Pop, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Pizza Moto. It’s not often that you can eat a gourmet meal while browsing at a flea market, but hey, I guess that’s one of the reasons you moved to New York in the first place.

As we walked up and down each row, and from vendor to vendor we spied plenty of rare items for sale, like a Japanese Kill Bill poster, lighting fixtures from the disco era, and Native American themed jewelry. That’s the great thing about these Brooklyn based markets, you can really find treasures here. Do yourself a favor and head over to one of, The Brooklyn Flea’s locations this coming weekend. It’s a marvelous way to spend the day outdoors, while at the same time embracing all the culture that Brooklyn has to offer.

- Alan Smithee

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