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Now You Can Eat Ramen Burgers With 20 Of Your Closest Friends, at Berg’n

Inside Berg'n, Smorgasburg's latest endeavor. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Inside Berg’n, Smorgasburg’s latest endeavor. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The grand opening of Berg’n is finally upon us. This Wednesday, Smorgasburg welcomes guests to its new Crown Heights beer garden and food court.
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Two Ice Cream Extravaganzas: Our Cup (or Cone) Runneth Over!

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

(Courtesy of Hester Street Fair)

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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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.”

An A-to-Z Index of Marc Spitz’s New History of All Things Twee

MarcSpitzTweeMarc 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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Hester Street Fair Expands into Seward Park This Weekend

(Courtesy Hester Street Fair)

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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Brooklyn Flea Returns to Williamsburg (With New Vendors!) This Sunday

White Star Vintage's booth. (Facebook)

White Star Vintage’s booth. (Facebook)

When Brooklyn Flea’s various markets returned for the outdoor season earlier this year, it wasn’t clear where and when its Williamsburg flea would reopen.

Now the Flea announces that, starting this weekend, it’ll be at 50 Kent every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new location on a city-owned lot, between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets, is just a few blocks north of the old one, where Smorgasburg is still located every Saturday.
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Do Your Apartment Ace Hotel-Style at Rough Luxe, a New Home Design Shop

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Metal console, $1,299.

Metal console, $1,299.

Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.

Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.

Bronze spotlight with chain, $799

Bronze spotlight with chain, $799

Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).

Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).

Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).

Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).

Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Rough Luxe. (Photos: Jenna Marotta)Metal console, $1,299.Polish steel table with leather top and rivet trim, $799.Bronze spotlight with chain, $799Reclaimed wood dining table ($3,299) and bench ($1,699).Three chairs (from left: $399, $499, $499).Reclaimed platform bed, $3,999, made in Vietnam.

Feltraiger isn’t the only retro-minded store that’s recently relocated to Williamsburg. After a little over a year in Dumbo, Thomas Buczkowski, a veteran of Brooklyn Flea, closed Rough Hewn in October and has now opened a new home design store, Rough Luxe, on Broadway.
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Hester Street Fair Is Opening a Cafe in the New Museum

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The corner of Bowery and Houston is about to become the cornucopia of Bowery and Houston. Just steps from the Whole Foods that hosts Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg, the Flea’s Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, is teaming up with the New Museum to open the Hester Street Cafe.
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