Earlier this month we mentioned that Smorgasburg was set to return outdoors this very weekend, April 1 and 2, with Brooklyn Flea’s Saturday market leaving its longtime home in Fort Greene and taking up residence next to Saturday Smorg in Williamsburg’s East River Park. Team Smorg now tells us there’s another change afoot this season: Their vendors won’t be returning to the South Street Seaport this year, since they’ve been unceremoniously replaced by a permanent resident. Bummer for those who like to pick up a lobster roll on the way to the Rockaway ferry.
The Flea’s founders explained the move in an email:
It’s a bittersweet moment for us, as our flagship location in Fort Greene is where this whole trip began. With a brand-new running track laid at the [Bishop Laughlin Memorial High] school over the winter and the chance to expand beckoning at East River State Park, however, it made sense to make this move now. The Flea loved every moment of its nine years at Bishop Loughlin, and we thank everyone at the school for their partnership over the last decade.
The Flea’s Sunday markets are staying put this season: Sunday Smorgasburg will remain at Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill, where it has been since 2015, and the Sunday Flea will remain at DUMBO’s Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. You’ll recall that the Sunday Flea took place in Williamsburg until last season, so the Saturday Flea’s move to the neighborhood is a homecoming of sorts.
It’s all one big game of musical chairs. Speaking of chairs, maybe you can score a nice little Eames number during the Flea’s opening weekend, April 1 and 2.
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.
Smorgasburg kicked off its outdoor season in Williamsburg Saturday. Click through to see who showed up and what they chowed down on.
This classic summer party brings cutting-edge DJs and experimental music acts to the courtyard of MoMA PS1 for some beer-soaked festivities amidst art installations. The ticket price lets you peruse the art inside, as well.
Here’s this year’s lineup:
Pachanga Boys / Kompakt + Hippie Dance / Berlin, Germany + Mexico City, Mexico
Eclair Fifi / LuckyMe / Edinburgh, UK
Samantha Urbani (Live) / New York, NY + Los Angeles, CA
Amnesia Scanner (Live) / Amnesia Scanner / Amnesia Scanner
Black Madonna / Smart Bar + Argot / Chicago, IL
Nicky Siano / The Gallery – Music that created Disco / New York, NY
Virgo Four (Merwyn Sanders Live) / Rush Hour + Trax / Chicago, IL
Cut Copy DJs / Cutter Records / Melbourne, Australia
Galcher Lustwerk b2b DJ Richard / White Material / New York, NY + Berlin, Germany
Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love / Álata Records / New York, NY
Bok Bok / Night Slugs / London, UK
Corbin & Bobby Raps (Live) / St. Paul, MN
Jam City (DJ set) / Night Slugs / London, UK
Despot (Live) / Queens, NY
Helix / Night Slugs / Miami, FL
Sheen / Night Slugs / London, UK
Boys Noize / BNR / Berlin, Germany
Busy P b2b Boston Bun / Ed Banger Records / Paris, France
A.G. Cook / PC Music / London, UK
Danny L Harle / PC Music / London, UK
Lafawndah (Live) / New York, NY
Lotic / Tri Angle Records + Janus / Berlin, Germany
Baauer / LuckyMe / Brooklyn, NY
Skepta (Live) / Boy Better Know / London, UK
DJ Slimzee / Slimzos Recordings / London, UK
Sicko Mobb (Live) / Polo Grounds + RCA Records / Chicago, IL
Vision Fortune (Live) / ATP Recordings / London, UK
Dark0 / Lost Codes + Rinse / London, UK
Tiga / Turbo Recordings / Montreal, Canada
Bob Moses (Live) / Domino / Brooklyn, NY
Gavin Russom (Live) / Ecstatic + DFA Records / New York, NY
Jaakko Eino Kalevi / Domino + Beats In Space / Helsinki, Finland
Frank & Tony / Scissor & Thread / Brooklyn, NY
Moritz von Oswald / Basic Channel + Maurizio / Berlin, Germany
Atom™ (Live) / Raster Noton + The Bunker New York / Santiago, Chile
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set) / Nice Age / London, UK
Jlin / Planet Mu / Gary, IN
Dorian Concept / Ninja Tune / Vienna, Austria
Rabit / Tri Angle Records / Houston, TX
Untold (Live) / Hemlock Recordings / London, UK
Vessel (Live) / Tri Angle Records / Bristol, UK
Ninos Du Brasil (Live) / Hospital Productions + DFA Records / Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Cut Hands (Live) / Blackest Ever Black / Edinburgh, UK
French Fries b2b Bambounou / ClekClekBoom + 50 Weapons / Paris, France
Andrés (DJ set) / La Vida + Mahogani Music / Detroit, MI
Kyle Hall / Wild Oats / Detroit, MI
Pender Street Steppers / Mood Hut / BC, Canada
Hashman Deejay / Mood Hut / BC, Canada
Laraaji (Live) / All Saints + Warp Records / Harlem, NY
Matias Aguayo (DJ set) / Cómeme / Santiago, Chile
Kingdom / Fade to Mind / Los Angeles, CA
D∆WN (Live) / Our Dawn Entertainment / New Orleans, LA
Murlo / Mixpak / London, UK
FALSE WITNESS / #KUNQ / Brooklyn, NY
Additional Artists to be announced
Artists to be announced
This event is Smorgasburg’s latest offering, launching in Long Island City. Smorg approached Joe DiStefano, a food writer, tour guide, and events producer who is to Queens what Jonathan Gold is to Los Angeles, and asked him to single out his favorite spots in his home borough. He went to the trouble of enlisting a translator, in some cases, in order to snag some “real hawker-center type vendors” to join more familiar faces like Wooly’s, who’ll be doing their Taiwanese shaved snow. Among the delicacies you’ll be able to find at the indoor-outdoor space behind M Wells every Saturday will be beef ribs from Celebes Bakar Grill (from Astoria’s Masjid Al Hikmah Indonesian food bazaar) and Filipino stingray sandwiches from Papa’s Kitchen in Woodside. For the less adventurous, Grandpa Val’s BBQ (helmed by a veteran of John Brown’s Smokehouse) will be doing brisket and Kansas City-style pork spare ribs.
Read more here.
A couple of weeks ago we checked in with the Coney Art Walls as they neared completion. Now here are the latest offerings from the big-name artists curated by Jeffrey Deitch, including fresh works by Retna, Sheryo & the Yok, and more. The Walls officially open this Wednesday with a private party. In the meantime, Thor Equities — which owns the sprawling outdoor lot at 1320 Bowery Street, next to the Thunderbolt — just kicked off Summer Sundays, a weekly jam with DJs programmed by longtime PS1 Warm Up curator Jason Drummond of Rong Music.
While Bushwick Collective has been hogging all the attention lately (even from local cops), a series of equally impressive murals have been going up these past few weeks in Coney Island, where the New York art world’s prodigal son Jeffrey Deitch has called on some big names to paint a couple dozen walls dotting a concrete lot shared with Coney Smorgasburg.
Outdoor noshing season is officially in full swing, what with the opening of Riis Park Beach Bazaar and now two of Smorgasburg’s satellite smorgs. The Williamsburg and Fort Greene institution’s Seaport location opened today, and a Coney Island outpost opens Saturday.
So many good things are coming back in April: tonight there’s Louie, Sunday there’s Silicon Valley and — oh yeah, IRL — there’s the Hester Street Fair. The outdoor food-and-fashion bonanza returns to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets on April 25 and they’ve given us the early word on new vendors. This year the fair will be Saturdays only, but to make up for the loss of Sundays they’re promising “a rotation of almost all new food vendors with more spots added to create a Hester Food Court.” Oh, and there’ll be TBA nighttime events, too.
When one creamery closes, another one opens.
After two years at 201 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg Creamery will officially close at 10:45 p.m. tonight.
“We sold our establishment to Davey’s Ice Cream,” explained a person who answered the phone at Williamsburg Creamery.
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?