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Artists & Fleas Updates with a New Space and Delicious Tacos

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This weekend, Williamsburg crafts market Artists & Fleas opened in a new location at N. 7th Street between Kent and Wythe. The space might be further afield than the market's old home a block off Bedford Avenue, but it feels a little more sophisticated, with actual dressing rooms and bathrooms.

The Flea inaugurated its new location with a holiday bazaar last month. Now, it'll be open every Saturday and Sunday with an assortment of regular vendors. Old-timers include Georgia Varidakis, whose semi-goth nature-inspired jewelry has been an Artists & Fleas feature for years now, and Ricky Becker, a vintage seller. Becker has colonized what might be the best corner of the new space, a little tucked-away spot up a flight of stairs. Decorated with an 1860s blanket and a wolverine shot by his grandfather, the space houses his menswear collection and offers a nice overhead view of the jewelry and t-shirt sellers below.

Vendor-wise, the biggest change is the presence of a respectable lunch option in the form of Mexican food from Brooklyn Taco Company. Williamsburg has no shortage of tacos, but the stand poses some real competition to the likes of the Endless Summer truck. Run by a French Culinary Institute grad who used to work at Maialino, it features tacos bedecked with sauces in colors we didn't realize existed in nature. Less hungry shoppers can pick up Mexican-style hot chocolate or Mexican sodas, including Mexican-formula Pepsi, Coke, and 7-Up, all cult favorites.
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· Artists & Fleas [Official Site]