Halloween weekend is upon us, boo. The good news: There are a slew of parties on the horizon. The bad news: After this weekend the city freezes over and Santacon (ugh, Santacon in Williamsburg?) is what passes for outdoor activity. But don’t fret: The city’s biggest outdoor markets are busting out the folding tables and beer kegs one last time this weekend. Hit ’em up before they hibernate.
In this age of liquid-nitrogen ice cream, rolled ice cream, and churro cones, you may think that where everyone’s favorite frozen treat is concerned, there’s nothing new under the sun. But don’t cry into your Kanye cone just yet. We’ve got the inside scoop (har) on two ice cream cone-ucopias that promise to be sweet as hell.
National Ice Cream Day Bonanza at Brooklyn Flea
Saturday, July 16, 10am-5pm at 176 Lafayette Ave. in Fort Greene; Sunday, July 17, 10am-5pm, at Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza in Dumbo.
Seven vendors will be whipping up special flavors for the Flea’s annual two-day ice cream blowout. If you’ve been too lazy to get out to Rockaway to try the P&B donut ice-cream sandwich at Citysticks, then head over to either Fort Greene (Saturday) or Dumbo (Sunday) to try the donut ice-cream sundae that Underwest Donuts has created using a custom flavor from Lower East Side favorite Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Good Batch will be serving up a birthday-cake ice-cream sandwich for lovers of rainbow cuisine, Blue Marble is apparently going cookie-crazy, and a new vendor, Malai, will be offering up Indian ice-cream floats and sundaes. The Flea’s usual array of vendors will be out in full force, so don’t drip anything on that mid-century lounger.
Smorgasburg kicked off its outdoor season in Williamsburg Saturday. Click through to see who showed up and what they chowed down on.
When we told you about a couple of upcoming record fairs, we were just scratching the surface. Not only is Record Store Day coming up April 18 (check out the list of exclusive releases) but these three fairs will let you shop for vinyl with a beer in hand while DJs like Mac DeMarco egg you on.
So we spent the better part of two hours yesterday chillin at Berg’n in Crown Heights, slowly working our way through Smorgasburg‘s new-for-spring fare. This meant sliding into a food coma unlike any we’ve experienced since the holidays, but how else would you get to find out what’ll be on offer when Smorg returns to the shores of Williamsburg and DUMBO on April 4 and 5, respectively?
Brooklyn has become so cool that it’s being imported into Manhattan for tourists who are too lazy to go into Brooklyn. Four years ago, I wrote about the opening of a Brooklyn-themed restaurant in the West Village: “Manhattan’s Brooklyneer Has a Chef From Brooklyn’s Manhattan Inn,” went the improbable headline.
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This could be the most epic ice cream battle since Mr. Softee vs. Master Softee. The Brooklyn Flea and the Hester Street Fair are each hosting ice cream extravaganzas — on the same days. That’s right: between the 10+ vendors (and 50+ flavors!) at Smorgasburg’s Creme de la Creme and the 14 vendors at Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social, you’re pretty much definitely going up a belt size on the weekend of July 19.
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This sprawling market offers food, clothing, accessories, knick knacks, furniture, bikes, crafts, artisan products and tons more. It’s become so synonymous with New Brooklyn that Marc Spitz opened his book Twee with it.
Every week, rabid foodies bounce from stall to stall at this cornucopia of food vendors, each with their own gimmick. There tend to be lines at the trendy vendor of the moment (Mighty Quinn’s, Ramen Burger) but with 100 vendors in play, there’s no way to leave hungry. In fact, Mario Batali has called this Brooklyn Flea offshoot “the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City.”
Marc Spitz’s Poseur recalled his salad days as a downtown Manhattan music writer. But his new book kicks off in Brooklyn – and specifically at the Brooklyn Flea – because, you see, it is a history of twee.
You could define the Twee Tribe as the “hipster elite” that’s ruining America. But Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film describes the Twee Party in more flattering terms: its multigenerational members exalt beauty over ugliness, childhood and innocence over adulthood, nerd chic over conventional “cool,” and intellectual curiosity over bullying. Think coffee mugs etched with owls, probiotic hot sauce, and mason-jar tops with built-in straws, to name some of the Brooklyn Flea items Spitz singles out.
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While Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg expands to Jones Beach, its Lower East Side counterpart, Hester Street Fair, is growing as well. This weekend, about 20 to 30 vendors — including some newbies — will spread out into a promenade in adjacent Seward Park that runs from the fair’s current perch at Hester Street all the way down to Canal Street.
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