Say Goodbye to Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg will be leaving its digs on the uplands of Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the foot of Joralemon Street, where it has been each Sunday spring through fall for the past several years, to a new location on Breeze Hill in Prospect Park starting Sunday, August 30, according to Ditmas Park Patch. The move is made necessary by Brooklyn Bridge Park’s imminent conversion of the space to parkland.

Your last chances to enjoy Smorgasburg’s offerings without taking a subway ride or a long walk are today from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and next Sunday, August 23, during the same hours.

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  • Arch Stanton

    YAY :)

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Can’t help but think that as much as we will be relieved of the unwanted tourist/visitor traffic, our local business district did benefit from it.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Finally something good has happened. Ditmas park’s loss is our gain.

    Let me ask a brief indulgence;

    Ditmas park these days is an amazing place. Drive along Cortelyou Road near Coney Island ave and the number of yuppie oriented hangouts have
    Exploded. This while the former “owners” of the area stand outside in a mixture of shock, hostility and desperation. It’s wonderful hilarious social theater. When I drive by I always make sure to loudly cherp my tires or do a 10 sec burnout to note what I think of both sides involved.

  • HenryAndHicks

    Goodbye, Smorgasburg!

  • Monty

    What this neighborhood needs: Dirty old libraries.

    What this neighborhood doesn’t need: Vibrant attractions.

    * Brooklyn Heights according the commenters on this blog.

  • Willow Street Watch

    Thank you Mr. Marvel, er where exactly do you live? Anywhere near a park access route? We indeed need a clean modern library, and we HAD one, sir, great slumlord tradition the wonderful library management let/caused it to come to the state that “suddenly” they “needed” an entire new building, and, oh by the way, we need a ton of money, with little or transparency, to pay for it. But you already know that don’t you….

  • Love Laner

    On the one hand I’m sad because there was a fun variety of stuff to pick up for park picnic food, but I think the good outweighs the bad–we’re getting more green space & less tourists!

  • R.O.Shipman

    Ah, the bhb conundrum. Strong desire for better commercial options (especially on Montague), but hate for anything that would draw more people to the neighborhood and serve as encouragement for better commercial businesses to move in.

    Smorgasburg was always going to be temporary, no? I think it’s part of their business model to utilize underused or temporarily open spaces to keep lease rates down.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Excellent point. Then on that same note I hope something else will draw the outside business back to our district. Preferably via a network of tunnels that allow it to bypass our congested curb dips. :)

  • Roberto Gautier

    Speaking of farewells, AM New York, the give-away paper ran a lead story on 8/17/15 on how astronomic rents have denuded Soho of independent retailers and any trace of Mom & Pop businesses. DUMBO real estate magnates are stripping away the same signs of community (PS Bookshop, for one). In terms of political leadership, it seems that Mayor DiBlasio’s current “progressive” legacy is presiding over this scorched earth campaign.

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  • Boerum Bill

    Now gird your loins for Photoville in the same space and the hipster throngs that come with it!

  • Jorale-man

    Photoville isn’t so bad because they actually have interesting some exhibits. The problem with Smorgasburg was it produced such a concentrated influx and outflux of people every Sunday, and very little of the food there could be considered healthy or a good deal. You’d pay $9 for some kind of Asian roll or a hot dog with strange toppings. I enjoyed it the first few visits but soon my stomach started to rebel.

  • Brixtony

    We’ll miss it, despite the congestion.

  • Willow Street Watch

    I don’t know and I don’t know anyone who knows anyone who is over the age of 25 and is more than a brief resident who in anyway “misses” this “attraction”. And I especially know no one anywhere near Joralemon who thinks this was a ” loss”

  • Brixtony

    I’m 68 and have lived very near Joralemon since 1990. You have my sympathies and sincere wishes that you lighten up one of these days. Perhaps negativity will pull you through.

  • Over50inBH

    Here, here.

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  • ClaudeScales

    Only if gravity fails. I’m 69, and will miss Bon Chovie’s fried anchovies, “Jersey style.”

  • Rick

    “…they got some hungry women there, they’ll surely make a mess out of you.”

  • Greg

    I’m sorry you don’t know more people in the neighborhood. It seems you’re missing out on some of our neighborhood’s pulses.

    I respect all perspectives on this issue, including yours. But I must assert that there are different, legitimate, opinions among residents on the impact of events like this.

    We’re thankfully not so monolithic! :)

  • StevoNYC

    Yay, yummy food is leaving us and going to Park Slope!

    I have to say that some of you are very sad people and should move to the suburbs or a gated community, that way you won’t be disrupted by movies being filmed, Citi bikes won’t take your parking spots and you won’t have to worry about tourists! You can be in your own little world. How great would that be?

    I have news for you…we all live in Brooklyn Heights but guess what? That means you live in NYC. Do you tourist haters realize that you live in NYC? Do you know where NYC is? You know who comes to visit NYC? Everyone! I always smile when I see tourists walking around our neighborhood with their NYC guide books in every language imaginable.

    The people complaining are complaining about one day a week over a six month period. Please get out of you bubble and realize that people coming to visit our neighborhood is a good thing. You all complain (cry and moan) about the lack of quality places to eat, but why would anyone want to open up a place in BH if there are not enough people patronizing their establishments to support the rent? Do you think places like Ample Hills or River Deli, etc. are happy that Smorgasburg is gone? Probably not, because the amount of foot traffic it brought them.

    Brooklyn Heights may have been known as America’s first suburb but it ends there, remember you live in NYC. There are things that are worth complaining about such as the new library, the Pierhouse, lack of classroom space, hospitals, Squibb park bridge etc. but I just feel that it is unfair to complain about Smorgasburg and the tourists it brings when you live in a major city (and a gorgeous part of it). I for one look at things like the Bossert (I own a place around the corner) eventually opening up as a great addition to our community that will bring more people and who knows, maybe more restaurants and shops etc. If you do not like tourists you can move to LI, NJ, CT, or I just read in today’s AM NY about a co-op town in the Bronx called Silver Beach which is a nice gated community. Please go there, or embrace the wonderful place that you live in and stop the crying! By the way, we are actually lucky enough to have a number of good restaurants in the area. And remember people…you live in NYC!

  • ShinyNewHandle

    Jorale-man, you nailed it.

  • Eddyde

    Wow thats quite a rant about people who complain too much.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I was totally on board for the first paragraph and then SQUIRREL!

  • ClaudeScales

    “If you see Saint Annie, please tell her, ‘Thanks a lot.'”

    This could go on and on,,,,

  • Still Here

    I am way over 25, and walk the park round trip every Sunday. I shall miss the food, but not the crowds. Not a great location.
    I understand that next year they may consider locating it next to the bridge on Prospect and Washington – not a bad location and relieves foot traffic on Joralemon and Old Fulton. Anyone else hear this?

  • Banet

    I’m in my mid 40s and love attending the event with my 3 year old every Sunday we’re free. He loves trying different foods each week. His favorite of the Summer was the fried duck leg from Duck Season.

    I agree that the foot traffic on Joralemon was too much for those narrow sidewalks to handle though. If the street were not Belgian block (not cobblestone as s lot of people call it) is lobby for closing that block to car traffic for the day every Sunday so the pedestrians could spread out into the street (residential parking permitted of course).

  • Banet

    Not just one day a week for 6 months… a six hour block of one day a week for six months. So 1/52nd of the year, or the equivalent of one week a year.

  • Brixtony

    Thanks. I’ve given up getting upset about these grumpy ol’ farts, but I agree with your overall premise. Don’t let them get you down. Let them stay unhappy and permanently pissed.