New York City has no shortage of flea markets sporting new and used stuff, furniture, food (hopefully not used) and handmade trinkets. Manhattan has a half dozen or so, some of which are open seven days a week and it’s anybody’s guess how many there are in Queens.
So why, you might ask, should I trek on over to Brooklyn to see two more flea markets? Or, for Brooklynites, you might ask, “What’s the big deal?”
It’s because Brooklyn hosts two particular flea markets that are particularly incredible. And time is running out!
Featuring live music, art, food, handmade stuff and tons of other attractions, the Brooklyn Flea and the Fulton Flea offer fun, culture and unique experiences that simply cannot be found in Manhattan. Check them out before the end of the season, Nov. 22 for Brooklyn Flea and Oct. 31 for Fulton Flea.
What: Antiques, vintage clothing, arts and crafts, food
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 21-22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine
Where: On Saturdays, 176 Lafayette Ave.; on Sundays at 1 Hansen Place (Click for Map)
Called “one of the great urban experiences in New York” by the NY Times and “one of the best antique shows in the US” by Country Living, The Brooklyn Flea is clearly a life-changing event that you miss only at your peril.
With more than 150 vendors, one could easily return to the market week after week and find new, amazing wonderments to behold.
And if you don’t find anything that fascinates you, find consolation in one of the many vendors of interesting grub. But don’t worry, you can have your cake and eat it too; you’re allowed to eat even if you do find fascinating stuff! And you probably will, because there truly is something for everybody at the Brooklyn Flea.
What: Antiques, arts and crafts, food, live music, art and much, much, more
When: Every Sunday through Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: 650 Fulton St. (Click for Directions)
The Fulton Flea Market describes itself as “a series of outdoors community special events promoting the mission of the Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center.” So expect much more than vendor booths selling stuff. We’re talking loads of music, art and community involvement that makes the Fulton Flea somewhat of a misnomer.
But what word could accurately capture everything that it is? No such word likely exists, and the long string of appropriate descriptions would be cumbersome, i.e. “The Amazing Fulton Food Antique Clothing Music Community Fair Extravaganza” captures the actual event more acutely than “Flea”, but is just too darned long.
Stop on by 650 Fulton St. one of these Sundays and let us know if you come up with something shorter with punch. You won’t be disappointed and you just may end up renaming one of the coolest events in Brooklyn.