Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brooklyn Flea Market: Sure Sign Of Spring

Emma Bally / youthjournalism.org

A bird's eye view of The Brooklyn Flea Market

By Emma Bally
BROOKLYN, New York, U.S.A. – One truly knows that spring has come to New York City when The Brooklyn Flea Market finally reopens.
This flea market, which is located between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues, attracts a diverse crowd of people. As far as the eye can see, people of all ages, neighborhoods, and personalities roam the market munching on goodies or conversing with friends.
The Brooklyn Flea Market also provides a range of products being sold, from typewriters to fruity flavored shaved ice called People Pops.
Shoppers like Sunny Wang and Shannon Roddey, immensely enjoy The Brooklyn Flea Market.
A Crown Heights resident, Roddey said she comes to this market “probably once or twice a month.”
Roddey, who is an artist, said “there’s a lot of inspiration” at the flea market.
“Everybody’s just looking to find cool and unique things,” said Roddey, who said she personally enjoys “furniture and interior design pieces.”
Wang used some of the same adjectives as Roddey to describe the flea market. “Everything is very unique,” Wang said. “They have cool stuff. It’s always fun to browse and find something special.”
David Lewis is one vendor who sells the special things that Wang might have referred to.
Emma Bally / youthjournalism.org
David Lewis of The Good Fork food booth
Lewis is from The Good Fork and he works with a few other people to sell “sliders … pork, chicken, and tofu,” along with more food.
Food is a large part of the atmosphere at this flea market and many people seem to like it.
Emma Bally / youthjournalism.org

Berton Goods booth
Kinsley Edney from Australia remarked that The Brooklyn Flea Market has “good food and drink.”
It was Edney’s first time at the flea market and he had “read about it in Time Out.” Due to complications with the subway, the flea market “was hard to find but worth it.”
Lewis, who is at the market every Saturday, spoke on behalf of his coworkers when he explained, “well, we love the neighborhood. It’s fun to watch the people and gauge their reaction to our food…we like everybody. It’s a wonderful community of people that come out here.”
Even at the end of the day when booths began to close and night fell on Brooklyn, smiles could still be found on children’s icy-stained mouths as they wolfed down a Raspberry Basil People Pop.
After a long day of selling, buying, socializing, and eating, The Brooklyn Flea Market still remains a very happy and enjoyable atmosphere.
Lewis wrapped the entire flea market into a neat, little sentence.
“It’s a nice day,” he said.

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