Field Trip Friday: Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place

Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place

Last Saturday, Hae-In checked out the Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place for Kenneth Jackson’s talk on the history of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building and its relationship to Brooklyn as a borough. Jackson, a New York City and Brooklyn historian and professor at Columbia University, was joined by Stuart Blumin, a history professor at Cornell. They spoke about the building’s architectural details and history, including the barber shop on the upper level, and highlighted features such as the giant tile mosaic map of Brooklyn on the bank’s back wall. They also explained that while it is located in the Fort Greene neighborhood, the name was given to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank after they moved from the bank’s original headquarters in Williamsburg

At 37 stories and 512 feet tall, it was designed by Robert Helmer of Halsey, McCormack and Helmer and built in 1927. A beautiful space with gold tiles and wrought ironwork, the 80-year-old landmark bank is a great place for the Flea. Crammed full with vendors, even the side rooms and upper mezzanine are used. And downstairs in the bank’s vault are where all the Flea’s famous food vendors are located.

One Hanson Place is located near the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, across from Atlantic Terminal Mall. Luckily, the Flea will be staying here on Sundays (starting April 10 it will be back outdoors at Bishop Loughlin H.S.) so there is plenty of time to check it out yourself!

Brooklyn Flea
1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY

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