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Brooklyn Flea Coming to Grand Army Plaza Starting in May

 The outdoor market Brooklyn Flea is launching a location at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza on Sundays starting May 1.
The outdoor market Brooklyn Flea is launching a location at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza on Sundays starting May 1.
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PARK SLOPE — The ever-expanding Brooklyn Flea will launch an outdoor market at Grand Army Plaza starting May 1, organizers announced Monday.

The newest addition to Brooklyn Flea's growing roster of locations will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October, according to New York magazine's The Cut, which first reported the new market.

The al fresco shopping experience will sell wares from 30 "carefully selected vendors with an emphasis on makers and unique design offerings," Brooklyn Flea said on its website.

Merchandise will include jewelry from Species by the Thousands; indoor plants that double as "air sculptures" by B sixonetwo; and kids clothes from the high-end children's fashion maker Wovenplay, according to The Cut. Wovenplay's offerings include a $60 child's T-shirt.

Brooklyn Flea will use Grand Army Plaza, which is part of Prospect Park, under a partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance, the nonprofit that helps maintain and restore the park and provides programming there.

Grand Army Plaza hosts a farmers market every Saturday year-round and previously hosted Food Truck Rallies on some Sundays. The New York City Food Truck Association decided not to return this year, which opened up the space for Brooklyn Flea, an Alliance spokeswoman said.

"I happen to live nearby and love the ritual of Greenmarket Saturdays, so when the Alliance — who we love working with at Smorgasburg — mentioned the chance to create a sort of companion to the farmers market, we jumped at it," said Brooklyn Flea co-founder Eric Demby. "Grand Army Plaza is one of my favorite urban open spaces in the way it always bustles with people from different neighborhoods, and we hope the new market will be a fun stop alongside the row of cultural institutions up the block."

The park's eastern end recently added a Brooklyn Flea outpost — the all-food version of the market, Smorgasburg, is now held every Sunday at the park's Breeze Hill.

"We are thrilled to have the team behind Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg continue their great partnership in Prospect Park," said Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue.

"Grand Army Plaza is already a major destination for Park visitors, and the ideal location for offering exciting new programming featuring local Brooklyn artists and designers. Together with Smorgasburg on Breeze Hill, the Park is the place to be on Sundays spring, summer and fall."

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