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Metropolitan Preview | The Fleas

Metropolitan Preview | The Fleas

The New York Times 5/13/2011

By AMY VIRSHUP

“In a city that thrums with opportunity and a veritable buffet of wonderful things to do — theaters! museums! parks! — flea markets have somehow emerged as many people’s first choice of a way to spend the weekend,” writes Ashley Parker in this week’s Metropolitan cover article, “The Flea Marketing of New York.” Over the last few years, the markets, with their vintage clothing, handmade jewelry and profusion of handcrafted foods have proliferated, as have the crowds drawn to them. On Brooklyn Flea’s opening weekend, about 25,000 people filed through the Fort Greene and Williamsburg markets, according to the organizers, and SuChin Pak, a founder of the Hester Street Fair, estimated that 11,000 people came to her market’s opening day this year. Read Ms. Parker’s explanation of how shopping for vintage clothing, old typewriters and artisanal cheese became the hippest way to spend your weekend here.

And whether you spend your weekend hunting for Rainbow Brite lunchboxes or would rather eat chalk than be seen at the Brooklyn Flea, let us know what you think at: Metropolitan@nytimes.com

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