It seems like summer is racing by, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy one of the season’s most enjoyable weekend activities: a stroll through the Brooklyn Flea. Every Saturday (outdoors in Fort Greene, Brooklyn) and Sunday (indoors at nearby One Hanson, at Flatbush Avenue), the Flea welcomes around 150 vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, records and other collectibles, as well as local artisans selling jewelry, clothing and other handcrafted items.
Inspired by the open-air markets that used to be common in Chelsea and other parts of Manhattan, the Flea is the perfect place to shop for unusual gifts for friends and family (or yourself!) and mix with the local community during your visit to New York City. While the market can definitely get crowded (go early, while many shoppers are still at brunch), the people-watching is part of the whole Flea experience.
Once you’ve browsed or bought, be sure to check out the market’s famous food vendors, who sell everything from lobster rolls and fried chicken to empanadas and freshly baked pies. Check out what’s new at the Flea before you visit, or peruse their list of vendors.
What You Need to Know Before You Go
The Brooklyn Flea is open Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm in in Fort Greene, at 176 Lafayette Avenue (between Clermont & Vanderbilt Aves). To get there by subway from Manhattan, take the A/C to Lafayette Ave, G to Clinton/Washington Ave. or the 2/3, 4/5, D/Q or N/R to Atlantic Ave/Pacific St.
On Sundays (also from 10-5), the Flea is indoors at the very cool One Hanson (Williamsburg Savings Bank), which stands out on the horizon as the tallest building in Brooklyn and has magnificent vaulted ceilings inside. It’s located at 1 Hanson Place, at Flatbush Avenue. By subway, take the 2/3, 4/5, D/Q or N/R to Atlantic Ave/Pacific St; you can also take the LIRR to Flatbush Ave.