Brooklyn Flea Signs 47,000-Square-Foot Lease at 185 Wythe Avenue
Billy Gray Oct. 10, 2013, 12:54 p.m.
The Brooklyn Flea inked a four-month lease at 185 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, The Commercial Observer has learned.
The on-trend food and vintage shopping bazaar will take the entire 47,000-square-foot second floor of what building leasing agent TerraCRG described in January as Williamsburg’s biggest contiguous available retail block. This outpost of the fast-growing Flea empire will essentially serve as a winter stand-in for the alfresco Williamsburg Flea at East River State Park, which runs through November 24th.
“We looked at the space with them last year, but the timing didn’t work out,” said Geoff Bailey, director of retail services at TerraCRG. “This year we got them back in there and they wound up with a larger space” than the previous indoor incarnation at One Hanson Place in Fort Greene.
The Brooklyn Flea currently runs another warm weather market in Fort Greene at 176 Lafayette Avenue. The all-grub Smorgasburg branch operates at East River State Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The South Street Seaport SmorgasBar will conclude its inaugural season this weekend.
Farther afield, the Flea expanded to Washington, D.C. last month. That followed the June 2013 opening of a Philly satellite, the first outside of New York.
The latest version of the Flea will only run on weekends, and Mr. Bailey said, should open “almost immediately” after the East River State Park branch closes late next month.
TerraCRG is still leasing a combined 92,000 square feet of retail space between the lower level and first floor of 185 Wythe Avenue. Asking rent is between $50 and $100 a foot.