Brooklyn Flea

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Brooklyn Flea
IndustryFlea market
FoundedApril 2008 (2008-04) in Brooklyn, New York
FounderJonathan Butler and Eric Demby
The Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene.

Brooklyn Flea is a company based in Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 2008 by Jonathan Butler, creator of Brownstoner Magazine,[1] and Eric Demby, the former communications director for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Flea runs several of the largest flea markets on the East Coast of the United States.[2]


Featuring hundreds of vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, the flea also offers new jewelry, art, crafts, and apparel by local artisans and designers, as well as local food. From early April until late November, the flea markets are located at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene on Saturdays and at the Williamsburg waterfront on Sundays. During the winter months, the Flea moves indoors to a 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) space in Industry City.[3] Average daily attendance for each market is four to five thousand people.[4]

In July 2015, Smorgasburg Queens launched an outdoor lot and indoor building location with hours every Saturday in Long Island City.[5] Brooklyn Flea also operates and curates the food and beverage concessions at Central Park SummerStage.[6] In August 2015 an expansion to Breeze Hill in Prospect Park was announced.[7]


In 2009, the Flea received a Certificate of Merit from the Municipal Art Society for making an “exceptional contribution to the life of New York City,” and for “providing an alternative to big-box retail that embodies a private sector spirit while yielding generous public benefits."[8]

In 2010, the Citizens Union honored the Flea with its Community Leadership Award for “creativity in building forums for exchange—both physical and virtual—that are strengthening New Yorkers’ spirit of community."[9]

In 2011, Brooklyn Flea opened "Smorgasburg," an all-food market on Saturdays at their Williamsburg waterfront location focusing on local and artisanal fare.[10] Smorgasburg features around seventy vendors of locally produced food and cooking accessories.[11] It is now also held in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo on Sundays.[citation needed]

Although Brooklyn Flea food vendors change on a week to week basis, they often included approximately 20 recurring, longtime vendors[12] until March 2014. These regulars, who had been participants since the beginning in 2008, were purged from the Fort Greene market. Citing a "move back toward a more traditional flea market, with vintage/antiques, furniture and collectibles at its core," the vendors, who had been contractually restricted by Brooklyn Flea from participating in other markets, were notified less than three weeks before start of the 2014 season.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Corey Kilgannon (October 18, 2017). "The Community Newspaper Queen, of Queens". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Guy Trebay. "Scavengers on the Urban Savannah". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Check Out Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea's Winter Market in Sunset Park". 19 October 2015.
  4. ^ Linder, Joselin. "A Flea Grows in Brooklyn". AOL Real Estate. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Smorgasburg Queens - Brooklyn Flea". Archived from the original on 2015-08-11. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
  6. ^ Wells, Pete (24 March 2010). "Brooklyn Flea Curates Central Park Food Vendors". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Smorgasburg Prospect Park will turn Brooklyn into one big food fair | am New York". 13 August 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  8. ^ "MAS Announces Winners of 2009 Awards at Annual Meeting". Municipal Art Society of New York. Archived from the original on 7 December 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Spring for Reform 2010". Citizens Union of the city of New York. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  10. ^ Collins, Glen (17 May 2011). "A Food Flea Market Sets Up in Brooklyn". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  11. ^ Strand, Oliver (5 July 2011). "Brooklyn Market: Woodstock of Eating". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  12. ^ Monk's Meats, El Jefe's Nachoria, Bamboo Bites, Blue Marble, Lonestar Empire, Handsome Hank's, Cemitas El Tigre, Sunny Bang Private Label Probiotics Hot Sauce, Brooklyn Sesame, Dos Royale, Brooklyn Roasting Company, Takumi Taco, Dough, Sunday Gravy, Vaquero Elotes, Solber Pupusas, People's Pops, Milk Truck, Whimsy & Spice, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Porchetta, Brooklyn Soda Works, Asia Dog

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