Friday, February 5, 2010

Brooklyn Flea Findings

Brooklyn Flea Market - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

STUDY's been eager to check out the Brooklyn Flea since it's inception in 2008 and our trip to NYC last weekend provided just the opportunity. After a Sunday morning stroll across the Brooklyn bridge we headed up to Fort Greene to check out not only the market, but also it's gorgeous Winter digs in the historic Williamsburgh Bank Building.

Brooklyn Flea Market Sign - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

Brooklyn Flea Market Mosaic Ceiling - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

Brooklyn Flea Market Window - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

Brooklyn Flea Market Mosaic Mural - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

Brooklyn Flea Market - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

Brooklyn Flea Market Mosaic Ceiling - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

This 1927 Art Deco structure in the Byzantine Romanesque style was designed by the architectural firm Halsey, McCormack and Helmer. We hate to say it, but the building was the best part of the Brooklyn Flea. That's not to say that there weren't a ton of very dedicated and talented exhibitors present, but after a walk through the ground floor of the Flea, it quickly becomes apparent how saturated the vintage market is in New York.

Brooklyn Flea Market Basement - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

All hope wasn't lost though since this vault door in the basement of the flea led to an amazing food court hosting local vendors like McClure's Pickles and Pizza Moto. Yum and yum.

And even though we didn't end up with any great vintage finds, we did pick up something we haven't used since high school.

Book City Jackets at Brooklyn Flea Market - Williamsburgh Bank Building - One Hanson Place

Book City Jackets is a Brooklyn-based company offering updated versions of the classic paper bag book cover. We picked up Artists Edition No. 3 which features original work by Matt Cipov, Jing Wei and R. Nick Kuszyk.

Book City Jackets Covers
Via Book City Jackets

We'd also be lying if we didn't say that we weren't looking for a little inspiration for the upcoming Vintage Bazaar at the Dank Haus - hint! hint! - but we're pretty confident that Chicago can give the Brooklyn Flea a run for it's money come February 27th.

The Vintage Bazaar - Chicago - Dank Haus