Recently I went out to the picturesque Williamsburg waterfront, for the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair. I know, I know nobody listens to records anymore and you only find those things in your Dad’s boxes in the garage, but you’d be wrong, especially in New York.
DJ’s aren’t the only ones keeping those vinyl discs alive in fact, vinyl is growing every year. And one of the more popular vinyl events is the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, it’s a get together for Indie record companies, collectors, stores and vinyl enthusiasts. And the enthusiasts in this neighborhood are mainly under the age of thirty, plaid-wearing hipsters. Yes, there were some people younger and older there and the record companies were in certain niche genres.
The organizer of the event, the Brooklyn Flea market, is one of the biggest flea markets in the city that it has multiple locations. Not sure if it’s the hipster influence or that we are all really broke in an expensive city, but flea markets are so hot that they have become the best hang out spot in Williamsburg during the day.
The Brooklyn Flea has done this record fair for the fourth time and it keeps getting bigger. This time there were over fifty vendors, including some record companies, collectors, and local record stores. And with the weekly food fair, Smorgasburg, right next to the fair was sufficiently busy. The prices of the vinyl depended on whether the album was a new or collectible release and how rare the copy was to come across.
There was also a group of DJs that came to spin their favorites and a hula hooper who was so excited to be there.
I hung out to hear the music, see the crowd and maybe buy a couple of classics that moved me. Any of these look familiar?
I also tried to elbow in and check out the dollar and five dollar crates for anything good and I was too late. I saw all the good stuff leaving in other people’s hands. I think the event was a huge success!
Then I turned my attention from music to enjoy the view of the water which was just as interesting as the music. And taking pictures of the water was how I ended my evening and I wasn’t alone as you can see.
Do you listen to music on vinyl? Have any favorites or collectibles? I’d love to hear to hear about it, please tell me in the comments below.
Until our next rendezvous…