Brooklyn Flea cancels Williamsburg outpost (but Smorgasburg & Record Fair are staying)
The Brooklyn Flea is cancelling its Saturday Williamsburg outpost which had been operating since April at East River Park alongside the Flea's ever-popular Smorgasburg. Says the Flea:
At the beginning of April, the Flea moved to Williamsburg from Fort Greene on Saturdays, and it became clear within a few short weeks that the addition of a second market was preventing us from optimizing the event experience in the world-class way our audience deserves and expects. Smorgasburg has operated safely and successfully at East River State Park since 2013 using what we call “the second slab”—a large cement pad right next to Smorgasburg—for seating and socializing. In short, the market is as popular as ever, and everyone needed that area to create a comfortable environment.
DNA Info reports that there had been public complaints that, between the Flea and Smorgasburg, it was using too much of the park's space on Saturdays.
As they note Smorgasburg is staying where it is. Also staying where it is is the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair which returns to Smorgasburg for its spring edition on May 20 with a mix of booths from independent labels, record store outposts, and vintage vinyl vendors. The lineup of vendors hasn't been announced yet but stay tuned.