{NYC} 5 things I loved about the Brooklyn Flea

{1} The Setting
A schoolyard in leafy, brownstone-lined Fort Greene plays host to the Brooklyn Flea each Saturday (it’s also on in DUMBO on Sundays), a market featuring retro and vintage furniture and homewares, secondhand jewellery and clothing, independent designers and gourmet treats. The neighbourhood is picture perfect and I loved its community feel, historic buildings and laidback vibe.

{2} Typography everywhere
The Flea is a typography lover’s dream. Wooden block stamps, plastic and tin letters rescued from old signs and vintage typewriters were spotted, but my favourite finds were rings made from old typewriter keys and vintage toy building blocks.

{3} Vintage and retro finds
From mid-century style chairs to lamps and retro kitchenware, the Flea featured many a cool find to decorate a home. There were even a few coffee tables made from old railway sleepers, and old school lockers that would be a great storage space in a vintage look room!

{4} Innovate design
This little tent (the Design Co-op) was home to an assortment of independent designers’ wares. I loved the cute screenprints on these t-shirts and baby onesies.

{5} Rustic woodfired pizza
Our mid-morning sustenance search at the Flea came to a halt at this homemade woodfired pizza stall. The oven is on the back of an old trailer, and from its fiery confines comes a margarita pizza to die for, with fresh basil, tasty tomato sauce and oozing mozzarella on a crispy base. Pizza perfection!
For more on the Brooklyn Flea, check out their blog, or an interview with one of its founders by Lonely Planet. If only I could access this market every weekend…I’m afraid Tan Dinh (my Saigon local) just doesn’t quite measure up!!


7 Responses

  1. Xander November 4, 2009 / 11:51 am

    Mm, those pizzas look amazing (I’m a sucker for a good pizza– even a bad one, sometimes). That looks a little like the Neighbourgoods Market we participate in here in Cape Town. -X

  2. melanie lace November 5, 2009 / 3:05 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about this flea market- I always forget it’s there! Hope you are having a great time in NYC! Great time to be here.

  3. shantiwallah November 8, 2009 / 2:24 am

    I wish we had big markets like this in NZ. I’d go crazy on the printer’s type alone! How did you control yourself?

  4. craniac November 8, 2009 / 3:14 am

    That pizza looks soooo good.

  5. kristine November 8, 2009 / 3:48 am

    oh oh oh. kinda jealous.

  6. Cate November 10, 2009 / 2:53 pm

    A great market, not too busy, full of interest and good food but most importantly — it doesn’t smell that horrid smell you can find with Asian markets.

  7. Bali Beach Bunny November 11, 2009 / 3:48 am

    ooh i need this so much right now
    trying to source and make old school lockers!
    [great olive oil tin too]

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