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‘There’s No More Artists’: This Boutique Is Leaving Williamsburg to the J.Crew Shoppers

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

(Photo courtesy Lavai Maria)

Speaking of J.Crew (or rather TV on the Radio was speaking of them), Lavai Maria is leaving Williamsburg after five years, and its owner says a new breed of local shopper is to blame.

“I’m moving because of the changes in the neighborhood,” Vania Scharbach told us just hours before she’ll close Lavai Maria on North 5th Street, where everything is 50 percent off today.
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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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