Brooklyn Flea to Move from the Edge Condos' Land to East River State Park

By Meredith Hoffman on February 22, 2013 12:08pm 

WILLIAMSBURG — The neighborhood's beloved Brooklyn Flea market and Smorgasburg food extravaganza are scooting over from a developer's land to a public park this spring, officials announced.

East River State Park at North Seventh Street will be the new home for the weekend markets, Parks Department officials said of the event that draws about 5,000 people each day.

The markets have been using private land next to the park on the Edge condos' property the past two years, the flea's co-founder Jonathan Butler told DNAinfo.com in the past. He said the luxury condos' developer Douglaston Development would allow the flea to use their land until they built more residences in the spot.

A representative from Douglaston Development did not immediately respond to calls and emails requesting comment on when they would break ground, but the Edge has already sold out all its current units, the company notes on its website. 

The Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will kick off its 2013 season at the park April 6 and 7, Parks officials said. 

"Moving the Flea and Smorgasburg to East River State Park feels like a perfect fit," Butler said in an email announcement about the transition. "Staying on the Williamsburg waterfront in this vibrant community is a big priority for us, and we love that the markets will now support one of New York's truly great parks. And who can argue with that view!"

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