Hipsters will now have to head a few blocks south to score Grandma afghans and vintage horn-rimmed glasses on Sunday. Read More
After establishing Brownstoner.com and the Brooklyn Flea, Jonathan Butler has expanded his Brooklyn empire into brick and mortar, acquiring 1000 Dean Street in a joint venture with BFC Partners and the Goldman Sachs urban investment group. The 140,000-square-foot commercial building in Crown Heights will open for occupancy on October 1 and is expected to welcome a mixture of artists, technology firms and nonprofits, offering lower-cost office space for Brooklyn’s entrepreneurial class. Mr. Butler spoke with The Commercial Observer outside his office in Dumbo last week, offering insight into his motivation for acquiring the property and his vision for the future.
On a recent summer Saturday afternoon, the weather is perfect but the South Street Seaport’s so-called Tourist Alley is devoid of tourists. Nearly eight months after Sandy ransacked the area, its tent-pole businesses—Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Brookstone—remain closed.
Over at Pier 17, at the widely loathed third-floor food court, Arthur Treacher’s and Subway do a brisk business. A thousand little Statues of Liberty glimmer beneath fluorescent lighting.
On a cold day in late January, Paul LaRosa, an author and CBS producer, and his wife, Susan, were shopping for cheese at the Park Slope/Gowanus Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market at Third Avenue and Third Street when they struck up a conversation at one of the stands with a tall, clean-cut yoga instructor who had just returned from studying meditation in Thailand.
Eric Demby embodies what has become a quintessential New York type: the Brooklyn family man. The 38-year-old co-founder of the famed, fantastic Brooklyn Flea sports thick-rimmed glasses, an extensive record collection and an adorable 1 year old. In May, Mr. Demby, his wife Liza and his daughter Loe moved into a newly bought, newly built Read More
Flea markets tend to sprout in not the most scenic of settings-flat swaths of blacktop, idling warehouses, abandoned lots. The Brooklyn Flea has never claimed to be your garden-variety chipped pottery and dream-catcher-touting flea, the kind of democratizing assemblage of vendors selling out of the back of station wagons. With its careful selection Read More
Erica Shea was on the Chinatown bus from Boston to New York after Thanksgiving in 2008, reading Burkhard Bilger’s profile of Sam Calagione, the wort-crusted owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, in The New Yorker’s food issue. She texted her boyfriend, Stephen Valand, who was visiting relatives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn: “We have Read More
On April 6, a weekly Brooklyn flea market will kick off in Bishop Laughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene, but the event is a far cry from your neighborhood stoop sale or the dusty, glorified junkyards that linger in Manhattan.
For one thing the “Brooklyn Flea” is curated, said founder Jonathan Butler—until Read More