The Real Deal New York

Brooklyn Flea inks two-year deal for Park Slope space

October 15, 2013 12:53PM

The Brooklyn Flea kicked off in its new Park Slope location this weekend, uprooting a neighborhood market that operated out of the space for decades.

The market is now being held at 180 Seventh Avenue, P.S. 321’s playground, a spot co-founder Eric Demby said is less likely to turn into the crowded tourist destination the market became in locations in Fort Greene and Williamsburg over the years.

“It’s a fifth the size of the other locations — it can’t even get that crowded,” Demby told the Brooklyn Paper. “Our expectation is that it will be a more local attraction and a more local clientele.”

The Flea, which recently added outposts in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to its locations in Fort Greene at Lafayette Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues and in Williamsburg, where it recently snagged indoor digs at 185 Wythe Avenue, has a two-year contract with the Department of Education to use the city-owned space. [Brooklyn Paper]Julie Strickland

  • Tim

    The Flea this past weekend was pretty bad. The long-time vendors (many of whom have been at the PS. 321 flea for years and years) have been booted due to the huge fees Brooklyn Flea requires. The general atmosphere this weekend was a somber one, very few vendors (I counted less than 20) not the 35 quoted by the organizers. I really hope they take into consideration how much the neighborhood hates that they’ve come in and tried to yuppify one of the last remaining REAL flea markets in NYC. Sad to see it become so sparse and not very well attended. Vendors I talked to were not happy.

  • Ruth

    Brooklyn Flea you need to understand 321 flea market had what your curated bull can never have, it was real not staged we have no need for your type of junk.
    Get it through your head this placed in most days had no problem in packing in a real nice crowd, something you will not do seeing your lack of interest other than trying to add all flea markets to your stable, what a sad person you are.