Hester Street Fair
April 25, 2010, 6:49 pm
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Yesterday marked the opening weekend of the Hester Street Fair, which plays a bit like the Lower East Side’s answer to the Brooklyn Flea.  Although it’s smaller than its outer borough counterpart, the Hester Street Fair doesn’t disappoint, with a surprisingly large number of stands peddling vintage finds and good food packed into a relatively small space on Hester and Essex Streets.  My friend Noelle and I took a stroll down past Delancey around noon yesterday and found we definitely weren’t alone — more than 10,000 New Yorkers swung through yesterday, including quite a few familiar faces from the blogosphere and beyond.  The amazing spring morning was the perfect backdrop for the opening weekend, but if you missed it, fear not: Hester Street Fair will be open rain or shine through December.  Noelle and I each made out with some good gets — see what we got, and more photos from Manhattan’s most charming flea market, below.

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Brooklyn Flea
March 22, 2010, 12:01 am
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This morning I ventured overseas for a quick visit to the Brooklyn Flea.  A New York institution, the flea market (housed during the winter months in the historic Williamsburg Savings Bank) might be the only place where you can find vintage taxidermy, homemade t-shirts and fish tacos all under one roof.  It’s the type of place that allows people to really revel in their quirks — both the vendors peddling things like boxes of doll heads and the shoppers who gleefully snatch them up.  I was on a mission to pick up a few things for work and didn’t have too much time to browse, but I snapped some photos of the scene below.  Next weekend is the flea market’s last for the season at the Williamsburg Savings Bank, before returning to Fort Greene on Saturdays and DUMBO on Sundays for the summer.

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