I almost forgot that it is time for another post in my NJoy/NYoy series and this time I am taking you to the Brooklyn Winter Flea, which is going on every weekend throughout the end of March. In April the flea market moves back outside to its locations in Fort Greene and Williamsburg. The Winter Flea is housed in in the Romanesque Beaux Arts Bank Hall and the Art Deco Vault of the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank building in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. We ended up at the flea market on a windy and freezing day when we had some time to kill and needed a place to warm us up. All in all we spent about an hour there and it was not nearly enough to check out every stall or all the gorgeous details of the building. It was built in 1927-29 to become the headquarters for the Williamsburgh Savings Bank and designed by the architectural firm Halsey, McCormack and Helmer in a modernized Byzantine-Romanesque style. Great care was taken to preserve the marble floors, carved teller stations, magnificent 63-foot vaulted ceiling and the iconic 40-foot mosaic of New York as a Dutch colony during the restoration of the Bank Hall and the Vault, both of which are now available for rent as event spaces. The rest of the building was converted to luxury loft condominiums in 2006-2007. Fun fact: The AIA Guide to New York City calls it "New York's most exuberant phallic symbol." I wish I could have spent more time in the building as well as browsing the goodies of the flea market. You know I like to find buried treasures. Are you into flea markets as well?
I have no plans for this weekend, so hopefully it will be a relaxing one. What are you up to this weekend? Going to a flea market maybe? Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!