It used to be that I would hang out in Williamsburg, Brooklyn a lot 12, 14 years ago when it was easy to hop on the L train from my East Village apartment. It was 2 trains stops and 10 minutes away. Of course, the neighborhood was a lot different then and the undeveloped waterfront which just consisted of dirt, gravel, driftwood and random concrete blocks back then was probably my favorite NYC spot.
It takes a bit more effort, more train transfers and more time to get to Williamsburg these days since we moved to our current neighborhood 12 years ago so sadly, I’ve only been to that neighborhood a handful of times. It’s crazy how crowded it is, how much more stuff there is, how many shiny new buildings there are. I had to chuckle when I saw Andrew McCarthy’s tweet (you know, Blaine from Pretty in Pink for those whose memory I have to jog) on my twitter timeline Sunday when he marveled at how “jumping the joint was” as he surmised that he was probably the last person to know this. Williamsburg has been this way for a while now. Incidentally, we were in Williamsburg on Sunday too. Mark is in this neighborhood a lot more often than I am, making deliveries to stores and being a vendor at the food centric Brooklyn Flea on some Saturdays, but we went to the Sunday Flea as shoppers, not vendors. It was crowded, as the Brooklyn Flea usually is on a nice day. The waterfront is different now, but it’s still nice to sit on a bench at look at Manhattan and watch the ferries come in.
And don’t forget that we always post our Flea dates on the left column under “Market Dates”. Mark’s at the Flea (our 5th season!) 3 Saturdays a month, splitting time between Smorgasburg and the original Fort Greene Flea. See you there.