Williamsburg Flea

April 19, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc outings the biz

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.

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  • lula April 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    oh jenna, i love your photos! and i will have to check this out next time i’m in town…and how rad is mark’s bag?!

  • Jenna April 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    @lula oh, I think that’s an etsy canvas tote bag that they gave us when we participated at an event!

  • Audrey - This Little Street April 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I so need to get out there! Your pictures make me want to go.

  • Atsuko April 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I will be back to the East Coast to visit family this summer. I will check out this place and definitely yours at Brooklyn Flea. I cannot wait!

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag April 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Are your girls reading a Strawberry Moshi book?? My daughter loves those! Or is it something else?

  • Eve April 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Ooooh…. loved Andrew Mc in that film-heartbreaker 🙂 Almost don’t want to see how he is now.

  • Karyn April 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    How funny! We were at the Williamsburg version of the Flea for the first time on Sunday, too, having exactly the same marvelling-on-how-much-has-changed conversation! http://flickr.com/gp/h1113/U2o115

    We now live a few blocks from the original Ft. Greene Flea and I think I prefer it to the new version. I too miss the former girttiness of the waterfront area, and though I enjoy the skyline view no matter what, I found I DISliked all the dust and grittiness from the new gravel lot flying into my eyes and my Flea snacks!

  • Kelsey April 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    when I was little my dad would take us out to scout garage sales on Saturday morning. We have a great picture of me in an awesome pair of cheetah print ears/headband thing and some very huge tacky jewelery. What more could a 7 year old want? the cute pic of your daughter reminded me of that!

  • Elle April 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I’m amazed at all the cute dresses your girls wear. I used to hate wearing dresses/skirts when I was their age and would only wear them when I had to go to church. Even then, I’d change into pants as soon as I could.

  • Jenna April 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    @Melissa@Julia’s Bookbag haha, they are! I had just bought it for them that day.

  • Pink Ronnie April 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Having never been to NYC, I just love seeing your photos of the Manhattan skyline. Amazing. And so jealous, wish I could bring home some of those vintage goodies.
    Ronnie xo

  • Meghann Chapman April 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Oh! Your photos make it look such fun! I can’t wait to get out to some again soon.

  • hyun April 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    It’s been awhile since I visited flea market and your photos reminded me of fun times I had there. I probably won’t make it to New York, but I’m sure I can something in LA.

  • caroline April 21, 2012 at 2:52 am

    this makes me want to visit the flea market here next month.

  • Caddy April 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I caught St. Elmo’s Fire on TV recently! Andrew Mccarthy and Jake Ryan from 16 candles are my top 80s crushes! 😀

  • Mrs D April 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Sounds like a fun day. The photos are fantastic, as usual.

    It’s been a while since I’ve popped past and I can’t believe how much Claudine is growing up. I’ve said the same thing about Mia a hundred times but my goodness, Miss C is getting herself such a little lady face going. So sweet…

  • Jenna April 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    @Mrs D. I know! She’s such a big girl now! I can hardly believe it myself.

  • Susie April 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Oooo I haven’t visited your blog in a while, but boy, Claudine has sure become a little young lady!! :]

  • Yj May 4, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Claudine’s expression in that last picture reminds me of that actress in “my name is Kim Sam soon” !