After leaving its lot on the corner of Willoughby and Wyckoff, the Bushwick Flea has revealed its new location: It’ll be at 16 Harrison Place– “in the heart of trendy Bushwick,” it says– when it reopens for the season March 18 and 19 at 10am. The location is technically in East Williamsburg, off the Morgan stop.
Meanwhile, the operator of a Bushwick gallery space is hoping to use his massive digs for yet another Bushwick flea market. Joshua Gold, director of Starr Space Gallery, put out a call for vendors earlier this week and is hoping to confirm a lineup of about 40 or 50 artists, artisans, and food vendors who will hawk their wares on Saturdays and Sundays, year-round. He’s already talking to people who work in ceramics and jewelry. “That’s kind of the underlying idea,” Gold tells us, “is to give local artisans an outlet that’s not obscenely expensive.” Rates range from $125-$240 for indoor spots and $115-$220 for outdoor perches.
Gold hopes to activate about 4,000 square feet of underutilized space in the 12,000-square-foot building at 309 Starr Street. The building, formerly an industrial knitting mill, currently houses Starr Space Gallery, which is an occasional exhibition space, as well as Gold’s family foundry, Excalibur Bronze. Since launching in downtown Manhattan in 1964, Excalibur has contributed metalwork to the New York Public Library’s main branch, the Waldorf-Astoria, the Plaza Hotel and the Brooklyn Bridge, and it also creates furniture and sculpture for local artists and designers. It moved from Dumbo to Bushwick in 2004.
The Starr Space Flea Market is aiming to launch in the next weeks.