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Brooklyn Flea Moving to Williamsburg After 9 Years in Fort Greene

By Alexandra Leon | March 13, 2017 11:31am | Updated on March 14, 2017 4:19pm
 After nine years at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, the Brooklyn Flea will be moving its Saturday market to East River State Park in Williamsburg.
After nine years at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, the Brooklyn Flea will be moving its Saturday market to East River State Park in Williamsburg.
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BROOKLYN — After nine years in Fort Greene, the Brooklyn Flea will be moving its Saturday market to Williamsburg.

The popular flea market will relocate to East River State Park, alongside Smorgasburg, starting April 1, according to Flea co-founder Eric Demby.

The market will be leaving its flagship location at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School after a new running track was laid down at the school over the winter, he said.

"We were concerned that our ability to produce the market there would be limited over time," he said.

The chance to combine the Flea and Smorgasburg was one its founders "just couldn't pass up," Demby added.

"We and our vendors have missed having the Flea in Williamsburg since 2015, and the park has become our premiere location, so the synergy makes sense," he said

The move was first reported by Bedford + Bowery.

The flea also has a Sunday market, which will remain in DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge Archway at 80 Pearl St., and Sunday Smorgasburg will remain at Prospect Park's Breeze Hill.

The market brought dozens of vendors and hundreds of shoppers to East River State Park each Sunday in 2013, but organizers moved the flea after locals complained that it was robbing them of precious park space.

The Brooklyn Flea's Saturday market will open April 1 at 90 Kent Ave. and operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The flea's Sunday market will open April 2 at 80 Pearl St. and operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.