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Is Brooklyn the new Paris? – Part 1

by Naima Sanowar

in Living,New York

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Is Brooklyn the new Paris ?

“Ah to have lived in Paris during the 1920′s! Hemingway’s Paris — outdoor cafes, bookstores, bistros, writers, drinking!

Reminds me of a place I know well — Brooklyn.” ~Paul LaRosa ( journalist for HuffPost New York)

Paul LaRosa  maybe overly romanticizing this notion of Brooklyn becoming the new Paris. Many dis-agree, citing the neighborhoods LaRosa is talking about in his article ” Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Williamsburg, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo …as gentrified, overpriced, pretending to be Paris. I totally get what Paul LaRosa is saying. The cobble streets, adorable cafes, bistros, fabulous flea markets, independent bookstores and the cool bohemian energy of the people that reside in their neighborhoods….well maybe for the exception of Park Slope. Sorry friends of mine who live in the Slope.

Of course I have come up with a splendid plan for Karate Boy, The  Epicurean Man and I to explore the ” Parisian” aspects of  Brooklyn neighborhoods written by LaRosa in the HuffPost. This beautiful sunny Saturday, Karate Boy, his classmate Millan  her little sister Sumara and I embarked on a Brooklyn Flea adventure.

The Brooklyn Flea in our lovely Fort Greene neighborhood, features hundreds of top vendors of antique and re-purposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food.

The most famous flea market in Paris is the one at Porte de Clignancourt, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas). It covers seven hectares and is the largest antique market in the world.

The kids and I were off  to the Brooklyn Flea , and we had the most fabulous time. Karate Boy and his friends, lingered over antiques, jewelry, artifacts. Then we hit the food vendors and tasted a few yummy delicacies, making some new friends along the way. I can’t wait to compare the two flea markets , when we holiday in Paris this summer. I urge anyone living in Brooklyn or visiting to head to the Brooklyn Flea at least once for the summer if not a few times. I promise you it is so worth it. There are a few locations, click on the link above to see the calender and all locations. I did manage to take some photographs, hope you enjoy my photo diary.

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Joy April 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Awesome piece Naima …..so wishing I was at the flea market with you yesterday. Just loving your adventures !

igy May 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Great article! definitely caught my eye. What camera do you use? These images are stunning! Makes me miss my wonderful home, New York.

Naima Sanowar May 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Thanks Igy,

I use an Olympus Pen camera.

I love your Blog!


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