Looks like those new and bigger digs and the influx of additional vendors aren’t the only changes for Brooklyn Flea this year. The five-year-old gathering of lobster roll artisans, crafters, fabricators, and makers of everything and all that’s hip and essential to contemporary urban lifestyles is also taking its show on the road to Philadelphia.
Philadelphia magazine says that founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler will bring the Flea experience on a weekly basis to the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood, where the sprawling urban renewal experiment, the Piazza at Schmidt’s, will play host to the market.
The first installment is set for Sunday, June 2, and then every Sunday thereafter. When it starts up, 100 vendors will descend on the Piazza. Right now, it’s sounding like as much as 20 percent will be shipped in from Brooklyn, including Red Hook Lobster Pound and Grady’s Cold Brew. As far as who from Philly will join the party, no one’s really saying. Little Baby’s Ice Cream seems a viable contender, and Federal Donuts would surely make a killing.
As Daily Intelligencer notes, the market will still be called the Brooklyn Flea, despite its new location.