Friday, October 8, 2010

Take the fall

By Meredith Deliso

Fall into the season with a timely market, a new boutique, and updates to a borough favorite:

Dubbed the “Beer and Whiskey Marketplace,” this shopping extravaganza isn’t just about booze. On Oct. 9-10, the Brooklyn Lyceum will feature artisans, crafts and crafters that hail from some of the cities that represented the Beer and Whiskey League during the late 1800s (it’s a baseball thing). Some of the vendors include nature-inspired lines like children’s clothes maker Bugsella and jeweler Hecho en Brooklyn, with food from Luke’s Lobster and Bakesalery. Let us not forget the gin and beer tastings. To get into the theme, a batting cage will be set up, so you can practice your swing (preferably before the tastings).

Lyceum Fall Marketplace at the Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. near Union Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816], Oct. 9–10, 11 am-7 pm. For info, visit

If you like Urban Outfitters, you’ll love Life:Curated. This newly opened Williamsburg boutique specializes in men’s and women’s fashions, as well as homegoods and furniture — all well-made, high-end items with character. Labels include Left Coast, West Feren and Creep by Hiroshi Awai, jewelry from byNatalia and Elizabeth Knight, and hand-crafted pillows and throws from Suki Cheema. And the store is as stylish as the pieces it carries.

Life:Curated [186 Grand St. between Bedford and Driggs avenues in Williamsburg, (347) 689-9143]. Closed Mondays.

Now that it’s officially fall, the Brooklyn Flea has added some seasonal vendors. On Saturdays at its Fort Greene location, you can find the Poorfarm Farm, bringing down pumpkins and maple syrup from Vermont. Closer to home, egg cream extraordinaire Brooklyn Farmacy has set up shop, as has Thirstea CafĂ© and Urban Moonshine, selling its artisanal bitters. So if you’re looking to throw your own Oktoberfest party, you’re all set.

Brooklyn Flea (176 Lafayette Ave. between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues in Fort Greene, no phone), Saturdays through Nov. 20, 10 am-5 pm. For info, visit


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