Brooklyn Flea Market, New York

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

I felt like Brooklyn Flea deserved its own post as I could have spent all day rummaging around in this place with one hand, eating a delicious pork roll with the other. But more of that to come later. 

Brooklyn Flea moves indoors in the winter, to Crown Heights, 1000 Dean Street (subway Franklin Av.) to be precise. A spacious warehouse is packed out with hundreds of antiques, art and fashion dealers right under a floor full of some of the best food stalls in town. It. Is. Glorious. 

I had high hopes for some good finds and it didn't disappoint .Poking our heads into an unassuming white washed building, I heaved a sigh of relief as I caught sight of some rough polished wood, a mountain of old picture frames and a range of eclectic stall holders. Yippee!

Clothes, costume jewellery, real delicate gold and silver jewellery, vinyls, art work, battered old suitcases covered in airport labels, jars full of thousands of name it, they've got it here.

Upstairs, food stalls selling everything from salted caramel hot chocolate to lobster rolls, mac n cheese and pork buns straight from the joint crowd over long wooden benches providing sustenance to cold New Yorkers. You can see a full list of the food vendors here. It's a veritable who's who food I want to eat. 

We made a beeline for the Milk Truck mac and cheese stand (obviously), ordering a heaped up pot of creamy mac and cheese topped with crispy caramelized onions.

And a slurp of ice tea, of course. It's so creamy, you'll need a gallon of the stuff. 

But who could risk missing out on one of these porchetta rolls from these nice gents? 

Not me!

Anyway, back to the good stuff. I had to be moderately sensible with what I could bring back but I managed to pick up these floral trays (for candles/jewellery/taking photos on Instagram, who knows) for $5 and these beautiful stag coat hooks for $35 for the pair. Too bad I can't actually attach them to the walls in my rented day they will grace the walls somewhere though.

Next time I'm going with an empty travelling trunk and a £100 postage stamp to send it home crammed with goodies. If you're heading to New York soon, please go, you won't regret it!

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