*New* Brooklyn Flea!

"With the April 6 launch date of the Brooklyn Flea just over two months away, we've decided to launch a blog that will serve both as a way for you to stay up on news about the Flea and as a way for us to solicit feedback about the many decisions we still have to make. In case you're just tuning in, for the past several months we've been planning to launch what we're hoping will be the biggest and most interesting flea market in the city on the Bishop Loughlin schoolyard on Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene (map). It's a 40,000-square-foot space, so we've got a lot of room to work with.

We use the term "flea market" with both affection and a wink and a nod because, as you'll see from perusing the preliminary vendor list to the right, while the Brooklyn Flea will offer plenty of flea market meat-and-potatoes (vintage clothing, music and furniture), it will also have an exciting mix of local designers, artists and crafties. Eric Demby, Marty Markowitz's former speechwriter and general man-about-Brooklyn, has been working full time since December pulling all the details together (he'll also be writing the lion's share of posts on this blog going forward). If you have questions, suggestions or gripes, you can reach him at eric@brownstoner.com. Or feel free to leave a comment below. If you're a vendor that wants to sign up or get more information, please do so here.

Happy Hunting!

Mr. B"