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Over the weekend, Times writer Mike Albo hit the Brooklyn Flea at its temporary indoor home in Dumbo. He's got nothing but praise for the fledgling market. "Unlike the glossy stores that surround it, Brooklyn Flea helps you feel more at ease about our dicey economy. There is a feeling of community here that doesn’t exist in the meatpacking district or Williamsburg or Bleecker Street or any store with snobby employees sitting drolly behind their desks and their bangs and hating you when you walk in. If the econo-bust gets worse, I hope this is what thrives: local artisans, cheaper prices, people talking, pickles." [NYT]