1. Williamsburg Flea Market
Location: Wythe Avenue between South Second and South Third Street, Brooklyn Schedule: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since the late 1990s, Williamsburg has undergone gentrification characterized by hipster culture, a contemporary art scene, and vibrant nightlife. So it is, indeed, no wonder that it has become the go-to place to browse for one-of-a-kind items from different vendors and try homegrown cuisine in a party atmosphere with good music to boot.
2. Brooklyn Flea
- 176 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
- 50 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg
- 180 7th Avenue, Park Slope
- Fort Greene: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Williamsburg: Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Park Slope: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Brooklyn Flea is probably the borough’s most epochal flea market. Now with three locations, this flea market has become almost synonymous with all things handmade, vintage, and unique. In May 2016, organizers also launched an outdoor market at Grand Army Plaza. This al-fresco shopping experience features items from 30 “carefully selected vendors with an emphasis on makers and unique design offerings.”
3. Greenpoint–McCarren Park Farmer’s Market
Location: Bedford Avenue at Lorimer Street in McCarren Park Schedule: Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open all year round, this small but pleasant greenmarket features fresh, locally grown, and mostly organic produce meat, dairy, and baked goods. On any given weekend, you will see people lined up ten deep to purchase bottles of fresh milk and yogurt, while a wide array of meat including grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and rabbit draws its own crowd. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are piled high, and honey, preserves, eggs, and juices are definite crowd-pleasers. Over the years, this market has adapted to the changing face of the surrounding neighborhood while staying true to its’ loyal customers.
4. Carroll Gardens Farmer’s Market
Location: Carroll Street and Smith Street, Brooklyn Schedule: Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Carroll Gardens Farmer’s Market feels more of a neighborhood hangout than an actual shopping destination. Farmers can be seen interacting with regular customers, and shoppers can stop and smell the roses, strawberries, and arugula without being trampled by swarms of locavores. This is a market well known for its fresh, locally-grown produce, seasonal fruit, locally-sourced honey, and high-quality baked goods. To support environmental sustainability, organizers also collect food scraps for composting and textiles for recycling.