Posted by: Kath Usitalo | April 18, 2011

A Bite Of Detroit In Brooklyn

A beautiful view of Manhattan on a breezy day at the Brooklyn Flea on the East River waterfront, Williamsburg

We had a bite of Detroit in Brooklyn.

After doing the college tour of Pratt Institute in the rain on Saturday, followed by an East Village shopping and dining excursion in a downpour on Saturday evening, Paige and I welcomed a chance to stroll the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn on a sunny Sunday.

We headed to the East River waterfront to experience the Brooklyn Flea, a flea market that has been held on Saturdays in the Fort Greene area of the New York Burrough. This month it launched a second event on Sundays along the river.

It’s a typical mix of old and new (mostly old—er, vintage) goods, from clothing to jewelry, record albums, knick-knacks, collectibles and furnishings, with a fabulous backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.

There’s a foodie section where we shared an exotic doughnut—passion fruit with cocoa nibs—and a hot-off-the-griddle papusua, a thick corn tortilla stuffed with your choice of fillings (we chose zucchini and cheese) served with a cabbage slaw and sauces. Delish.

And we came across a booth stocked with McClure’s Pickles.

Samples of McClure's Pickles, founded in Detroit and expanded to Brooklyn

I first wrote about McClure’s when I found them at Detroit’s Eastern Market. The family-owned business launched in the Detroit area and expanded to Brooklyn. Click here to read the original story.

It was nice to feel that little bit of connection and a taste of home in this part of the Great Lakes region.

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