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The Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO

Brooklyn flea market in DUMBO

You don’t really need a special excuse the head on over to DUMBO for the afternoon. The neighborhood dubbed Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is always worth a trip with its:

  • quiet cobblestone streets;
  • its designy furniture shops and boutiques;
  • its unconventional art galleries (The Museum of Modern Arthur–created and curated by musician / artist Joseph Arthur–is our favorite, though its hours tend to be a bit, shall we say, erratic);
  • its gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline from the Empire Fulton Ferry Park;
  • its many quality food and drink options, from the spanking-new Ignazio’s Pizza (giving over-crowded Grimaldi’s a run for its money) to Jacques Torres’s ice cream parlor (try a cone of Chocolate Banana) to the elegant Vinegar Hill House (which is actually, of course, in Vinegar Hill, not DUMBO),

Brooklyn bridge

And now, every Sunday, all summer long, the fabulous Brooklyn Flea has set up shop smack under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn flea market vendors

The Flea has terrific, one-of-a-kind shopping, of course, offering both new goods from local artisans and craftspeople as well as plenty of vintage items from some of the best, most interesting collectors in town.

Brooklyn flea best cupcake

But the real reason a trip to the Brooklyn Flea has become one of our favorite summertime staycation adventures? Put simply: the food. Seriously: You won’t a better array of first-rate cheap eats–all local to the borough, of course–anywhere in New York City. The vendors rotate in and out, but on a recent Sunday we gorged on Lobster Rolls from the Red Hook Lobster Pound (only $13 for one of these overstuffed beauties!), wonderful pork and cheese Pupusas–flat corn tortillas, stuffed and grilled; two for $5 with a side of curtido, which is like Salvadoran slaw–washed down with thick and sweet Horchata; an out-of-the-world Red Velvet Cupcake from Choice Greene (the cream cheese frosting really buckled our knees on this one); and a refreshing and lively Strawberry and Sweet Rhubarb popsicle from the people at People’s Pops.

Popular New York City flea market; Brooklyn flea in DUMBO

So eat up this summer, Brooklyn style! Remember, you can always burn off those extra calories on your walk back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO hours

The Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO is open every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For directions (don’t worry, it’s easy) and a complete list of vendors, go to brooklynflea.com.

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