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Thrift, Browse, and Haggle Your Way Through ‘Question the Market’

(Image courtesy of Eric Schmalenberger)

(Image courtesy of Eric Schmalenberger)

The House of Yes has something of a problem with their shimmering, funky, newish venue in Bushwick– they have a surplus of space, which is sort of a unique issue when it comes to digs in post-industrial-squatting Brooklyn. But as the performance collective settles into what’s by far their most functional and fanciest home yet, they’re filling up their calendar with even more events. Soon enough they’ll have every inch of the space and their time occupied by cool happenings. Take for example, the first-ever Question the Market (Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29), billed as a new pop-up “queer design and arts market.”

“It will be shopping as nightlife, nightlife as shopping,” organizer Eric Schmalenberger told us. “I feel like shopping can be more than shopping. When given the right space, it can be more interesting and engaging, and the great thing about flea markets is that you, often, can engage with the maker.”

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Two Events to Celebrate Local Zines and Indie Publishers Approacheth

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This is officially the season where all these people who describe themselves as your friends keep calling (on the actual phone, wtf), beckoning you to join them for some really screwed up stuff like BBQs and Beach Bus Excursions. Whatever happened to text messages? Hiding in your apartment for days on end? Unfortunately during summer, such creature comforts are regarded as anti-social, perhaps even dangerous. But if you can make it to these two events, we promise you’ll have a whole heap of excuses to avoid person-on-person contact for the next few months or perhaps even longer, plenty of time for your friends to wrap up their molly bender and quit being so creepy. Reading materials will save you yet.

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Saturday: Free Beer, Amazing Eats, Rad Shopping + DJs From LCD Soundsystem

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Brooklyn Brewery giveaway at 2pm, Nancy Whang at 2:30, and Museum of Love at 4.

Strap on the party hat: it’s time again for the Bedford + Bowery Bazaar, our outdoor extravaganza of food, shopping and muzak. This Saturday, Oct. 25, we’re once again bringing our fave-most North Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan restaurants, makers, and vendors to the Hester Street Fair in the LES. To make it a party, there’ll be free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Plus beats by Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) as well as Museum of Love, the deliriously danceable DFA Records outfit featuring Pat Mahoney (also of LCD Soundsystem) and Dennis McNany (Jee Day). (The Juan Maclean’s new album dropped last month and MoL’s new video, off of their just-released self-titled album, is up today.)

In addition to the free Brooklyn Brewery while it lasts, Tørst will be pouring bitching beers by Evil Twin Brewing and serving duck sandwiches, plus there’ll be Carolina whole-hog BBQ from Arrogant Swine, good pho-king Vietnamese food from Bún-Ker, southern grub from Empire BiscuitKorean-American fried bird from Seoul Chicken, classic NYC dogs from Papaya King, Malay and Indonesian fare from Pasar Malam, Icelandic lamb stew from Skál, Japanese rice burgers (yep, rice burgers) from Yonekichi, and still more grub from Vendy Award winners Zha and Khao Man Gai NY. And more!

Good eats are just the start of it: Papercut Press is bringing indie books, Creeps Annual is hawking zines, iMakr is showing off 3D-printed toys, and there’ll be used vinyl from The Punk Guy as well as new vinyl from Greenpoint indie label Captured Tracks. To help you nail that Halloween outfit, Catland will add a pinch of occult weirdness, and there’ll be tons of vintage and artisan jewelry, clothing, crafts, home wares and art from vendors like Etsy NYFair Folks & a Goat and many, many more.

We’ve got more surprises in store (Update: like the return of Billy Leroy’s famed antiques and oddities tent and speed-dating with the “Looking for a Girlfriend” guy), so save the date and stay tuned to @bedbow for some exciting updates.

Join us Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hester Street Fair at Hester and Essex; take the J, M, Z to Delancey or F to East Broadway.

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Bushwick’s New ‘Makers Market’ Announces Its Initial Lineup

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When we first brought news of SHWICK, details were still a little murky. But today, the “makers market” made some big announcements: the opening date has moved from August 23 to October 11, and though the market originally expected 40 or so vendors, the response to its sticker and poster campaign has been so overwhelming that it’s now touting more than 100 vendors.
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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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Antiques Garage (the Brooklyn Flea of Its Day) Will Close Next Week

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

(Courtesy of Annex Markets)

Thirfters, here’s some sad news from the west side: after 20 years in Chelsea, The Antiques Garage sends word that next weekend will be its last. The parking garage at 112 West 25th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, is being redeveloped into a hotel tower, and the venerable flea, which has been on a month-to-month lease since 2011, has announced that its finals days will be June 28 and 29.
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Artists & Fleas Will Be Jumping With Vintage Vendors Next Weekend

Clothing from Gypsy Nation Vintage (Photo by Martha Camarillo, Courtesy of Artists & Fleas)

Clothing from Gypsy Nation Vintage (Photo by Martha Camarillo, Courtesy of Artists & Fleas)

Few things are less New York than watching Seattle and Denver play football in New Jersey over a 30-pack of Milwaukee’s Best. So start Super Bowl weekend with something singular to the city — a vintage flea market in Williamsburg.

More than 20 visiting vendors will display clothes, gems and bric-a-brac at Destination: Vintage, which takes over the Artists & Fleas warehouse space on N. 7th Street next Saturday and Sunday. The selection of available items will span seven decades, from the 1920s to the 1990.
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There’s a New Flea Market, and This One Has a Live Piano Player

Knockdown Center Flea Market (Photos courtesy of KDC)

Knockdown Center Flea Market (Photos courtesy of KDC)

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Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

Knockdown Center Flea Market

After hosting some epic events over the summer (Tiki Disco, Kim Gordon) the onetime factory that goes by the name Knockdown Center is remodeling so it can reopen as a proper arts center in the spring. In the meantime, it’s using its sprawling grounds in the best way possible: last weekend it launched a year-round flea market.
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