It looks like the Brooklyn Flea’s West Soho location won’t be open year-round as originally planned. The Flea just announced that on Nov. 25 and 26, it’ll return to its old winter digs at Industry City. This’ll be the Flea’s final weekend of the season in Manhattan.
The move marks another round of musical chairs for the Flea. When the Soho market opened in June, it planned to be at 100 Avenue of the Americas “for at least the next two years, year-round, on weekends only to start.” But it looks like it’s closing up shop before the holidays, and the Flea will winter in the sprawling Sunset Park space it moved into in 2015, after previous winter markets in downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Crown Heights. (Last year, it bounced back to the Williamsburg Savings Bank Clocktower, near BAM.) The market at 241 37th Street will be open through March, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. There’ll be 50 vendors, food from 10 Smorgasburgers, and beer, wine and cocktails.
According to the announcement, Smorgasburg’s outdoor food market in Soho, known as Smorg Square, will return in the spring. We’ve reached out to the Flea folk to find out whether their indoor market will also return to the neighborhood.
Update: Flea cofounder Eric Demby explains the move, via email: “We and vendors believe the Soho spot has potential, and we were so happy to find that new home after bouncing around in April and May, but we just think the best chance for success is in Brooklyn.” He’s “not positive” the Flea will return to Soho but Smorgasburg should be back there in April or May.