Monday, April 14, 2008

The Flea

This weekend weather and time allowed me to stop by Brownstoner's Brooklyn Flea. While I wasn't sure what to expect, one thing I definitely wasn't prepared for was the overall sense of community and friendliness from people of all walks of life. Hipsters and obvious out-of-towners, low-income natives and sky high income new residents, everyone working together to collect money for schools, support local businesses, and keep Fort Greene exactly what it should be- a neighborhood.

I came in contact with many very helpful people, from native born artists, to a couple new to the city who shared my enthusiasm for mismatched ceiling tiles, and I had a great time.

If you're heading to Brooklyn Flea next week, here are some things you should know:

1. Parking is limited in Fort Greene, but the further down, the better. Try Washington Avenue and cross blocks.

2. Hold off on the food till you arrive. There are a ton of vendors peddling sandwiches, cupcakes, and other yummy treats you'll be sorry to miss.

3. Carry cash. 99.9% of the vendors will only take cash, and the schoolyard that houses BK Flea is not adjacent to any ATMs.

4.Grab business cards, flyer's, and other calling cards. While you may not need a 2x4 print of the Brooklyn Bridge now, it may come in handy as a holiday gift in the future. Give these folks a chance after Brooklyn Flea ends.


Don Stugots said...

The Flea! I should check this out.