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Brooklyn Flea to abandon East River State Park spot

December 10, 2013 04:15PM

The Brooklyn Flea is abandoning its East River State Park locale amid complaints from locals that the market consumed too much of the area’s limited park space.

Accordingly, organizers of the popular market agreed to stop holding the event on the Williamsburg spot this year to accommodate their concerns, co-founder Eric Demby told DNAinfo.

Only the popular food market Smorgasburg, which is run by Brooklyn Flea, will continue in the current spot on Saturdays.

“While the large majority of area residents continued to be supportive of our two-day residency, we decided that it made sense to compromise with some of the voices urging moderation in a move that we hope will secure the long-term future of Smorgasburg in the park on Saturdays,” Demby told DNAinfo.

The market is currently set up in its winter locale at 80 North 5th Street, a block away from the park, and is actively seeking a new summer spot, Demby told the news site. [DNAinfo]Julie Strickland