Winter weekend visit to a Brooklyn Market

Brooklyn has become a thriving centre for up and coming designers, actors, restaurants, coffee shops and start-ups so this trip to New York I promised myself I would spend a lot more time in this borough.

Since I love shopping and I love a good market I started my Brooklyn adventure at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. This market is held in winter in a landmark Brooklyn building, Skylight One Hanson, formerly Williamsburgh Savings Bank, which was built in 1927 as the tallest building in Brooklyn and is now a refurbished residential tower. It’s a stunning and iconic building which towers centre stage in Fort Greene.The flea market is held in the entry, basement and mezzanine level of the building. The Brooklyn Flea has a great blog so you can check out what is happening before you leave, there is often a film crew there, interviewing a stall holder.

If you are not impressed by the 40ft mosaic of New York as a Dutch colony, the vaulted ceilings or the marble floors well then just be happy to be inside especially if it’s a freezing Saturday in January!

Officially this market is known as the “Brooklyn Flea” which to me normally means second hand stuff that is well past its used by date. I found this “Flea” to be more of a designer market with an eclectic mix of jewelry, art & design objects by local artisans (exactly what I was looking for), fresh food, specialty food, recycled furniture, new & vintage clothes and antiques.

I easily spent half a day here, stopping for coffee and a pastry between browsing the 3 levels, then looping back to make purchases before heading downstairs to the bank vault for a cheap lunch by Lonestar Empire!

Some of my favourite things:
Claudia Pearson Illustrations – gorgeous illustrations on tea towels, prints etc. Claudia uses this nifty technology called “Square” which involves plugging a small device into her phone so I could scan my credit card over her phone and sign with my finger! Very impressive!
She hit pause studios – whimsical photos
Australian Scent -organically crafted skincare

Location: 1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.), Fort Greene

The market is easy to get to by subway from Manhattan, I caught the C train to Lafayette Ave Station but most other lines have a connection, check out options on the Hopstop transport app!

Wherever you get off just look for the impressive building with the 4-sided clock, you can’t miss it!

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