The Brooklyn Flea moved into its new Sunday home for the summer underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. The weather couldn’t have been better, and a large crowd of people turned up to browse and buy. (Click on the jump for more photos and a recap).
One of my favorite vendors is Olde Good Things, where restored and repurposed antique hardware abounds. Check out the ceiling-tin framed mirrors and glass doorknobs.
The Brooklyn Flea isn’t all antiques however. Food vendors of all sorts are here too. Rick’s Picks has an assortment of pickled vegetables, from the staple garlic dill pickles to the more exotic wasabi green beans.
I ordered a cup of Ethiopian Wondo coffee from coffee roaster Stumptown. Ethiopian coffee is typically smooth and non-acidic, and drinks almost like a wine. Stumptown’s Wondo is especially smooth and mild, much more relaxing and enjoyable than a cup of coffee should be. Think more after-dinner-unwind than early-morning-jolt.
There’s many more booths to see of course. But after you’ve seen what the Flea has to offer, don’t leave Dumbo yet. Walk through The Empire Fulton Ferry park to the other side to find the Dumbo Farmer’s Market.
Bombay Emerald Chutney Company let my go through and sample all their chutneys. My favorites were the royal mint and royal cranberry. They also sell samosas, which I will definitely have to try next time.
I also chatted briefly with Marni Horwitz, founder of Alive Structures. Her company engineers rooftop gardens, an ingenious use of otherwise wasted dead space in an urban environment. Aside from the obvious ecological benefits, these rooftop gardens reduce energy costs and increase the life of the roof. They also happen to look really good.
My last stop was a horseradish pickle from Horman’s Best Pickles, seconds before it was munched into oblivion. A tangy end to this photoshoot.
(Remember, if you have your own pictures from either the Brooklyn Flea or Farmer’s Market, please feel free to drop them in the DumboNYC Flickr Pool. Thank you to today’s guest author, Josh Derr, whose photographs we love and often feature on the DumboNYC site.)