Brooklyn Flea Shut Down After Metal Pieces Come Loose on Nearby Building

By Amanda Mikelberg and Tom Liddy  on May 26, 2013 2:55pm  | Updated on May 26, 2013 4:54pm

 Pieces of metal that came loose at 34 N. 7th Street forced the evacuation of East River State Park, where the Brooklyn Flea is held.
Dangling Metal Forces Brooklyn Flea Evacuation
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NEW YORK CITY — The popular Brooklyn Flea was shut down Sunday afternoon after two large pieces of metal began dangling precariously from a building across the street, sources and witnesses said.

The 5-foot by 10-foot pieces of metal were spotted dangling off of 34 N. 7th St., near Kent Avenue, just after 11:30 a.m., the FDNY said. That apartment building known as the Edge is across the street from East River State Park, where the popular flea market is held.

"[Cops] started yelling for people to get out," said Mark Tabakovic, 29, of Brooklyn, who had been shopping at the flea market. "People moved slowly, very leisurely out."

The street remained closed for hours, but was reopened at roughly 5 p.m. Fire officials said that there were no reports of injuries.

"I had a wad of cash and I was going to buy something special," said Victoria Gable, who had come down from Rockland County to visit her daughter Alexandra, 24, who lives in Williamsburg. "The poor vendors are missing out on all my money."

A spokesman for the Brooklyn Flea said it was "unfortunate of course to have to cancel the market, but this was a no-brainer considering the safety risk."

He said the flea, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., looked to return next weekend.

A building manager at the Edge said the metal pieces came from an enclosure that houses mechanical parts, and that they were broken off by the wind.

Department of Buildings officials had been on scene and had opened a complaint about the dangling metal, according to the agency's website.