Lizzy Caplan in ‘Fashion Film’

The best part of fashion, I think, is the ads, because they are always nice and hazy and vague and always feature a pretty lady twirling and looking at things with intent and usually have some soothing music that make you fall asleep and dream things about fashion, which I think is how they get you to buy things. Hypnotism! I figured it out! Anyway, Lizzy Caplan stars in her own fashion film, called Fashion Film, and it pretty much nails the genre of fashion advertisements. And also, weirdly, what it’s like to go to the Brooklyn Flea on a Saturday. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy a romper. 

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New York City Will Be One Long Food Festival This Summer

It’s no secret: food events are all the rage. This couldn’t be truer than in New York, where dining alfresco has taken on a whole new meaning with the rise of food trucks, markets, and whole days dedicated to eating from little stands, festival or not.

Already this summer the New York Times has dedicated two articles to these events. In last week’s Sunday paper, they talked about the artisanal side of eating, small businesses, and the hunt to try foods first at these gatherings. The other one hit on the trend of music festivals turned in to food extravaganzas, the most recent example being the failed GoogaMooga a couple weeks ago (though props to them for refunding the VIP tickets). The complaint surrounding that event, and with a many food-centric gatherings, is waiting in line.

This problem isn’t so bad at weekly gatherings like Saturday’s Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene or the all-food bazaar Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At the Flea, they have nibbles like vegan Faux Gras by The Regal Vegan, Sam Mason’s Empire Mayonnaise, and tiny cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery. The year-old Smorgasburg has more vendors than we want to list here, but some of my favorites include First Prize Pies, Rick’s Picks, and Kings County Jerky. You can also get your grub on at Hester Street Fair, which features lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster, artisan ice pops from La Newyorkina, coffee from Café Grumpy, and a whole slew of other bites.  

If you just want to hit up a bunch of seasonal food trucks, try the Red Hook ballpark in Brooklyn, an area famous for its taco and papusa stands. In Manhattan, the Highline has spattering of snacks you can buy as you walk along its lovely, urban-meets-organic path. Also, for you beach goers, nothing is finer for a beach body than stuffing your face with Rockaway Taco and DiCosmo’s Italian Ice at the famous Rockaway Beach in Queens.

As for up coming food, music, and fun festivals that you will probably have to wait in line for, June 9 and 10 brings the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Madison Square Park. For a decade they have been hosting this meat and music fest. This year they have Jon Langford, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, and Southern Culture on the Skids to strike a cord as people chow on barbecue from the hottest spots around the country including Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Ed Mitchell’s whole hog roast, and Pappy’s Smokehouse.

Another event coming up is popular party host Dances of Vice’s Rockabilly Night Market at the DeKalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn on June 22, which will have music by Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys, plus tons of food from the vendors there. Governors Island also hosts food-happy events like their Cook Out NYC on July 7 and 8, which features a burger cook off, a kimchi eating contest, and lots of local craft beer.

So, go forth you hungry people and enjoy this popular way to eat outdoors, listening to music, and walking around our fair city. Is there something on your list this summer that we forgot? Please share and may the lines ever be in your favor. 

Celebrity Sightings in Places You’ve Been

Chances are pretty high that you’ve been to either the Brooklyn Flea or the J.Crew men’s store (and likely, both), but two recent celebrity sightings serve to remind us that stars can be found anywhere! Anna Wintour was recently spotted at the Brooklyn Flea, and last Tuesday, Kanye West visited the men’s J.Crew store in Soho to do some shoe-shopping.

Even if these aren’t the most plebian of locations (we’d probably keel over to see one of these two at Rite Aide or Dunkin’ Donuts), it’s still pretty refreshing to know that even Anna Wintour and Kanye West might not have finished their holiday shopping in time.

Brooklyn Flea Coming to Williamsburg; North Brooklyn Rejoices

Entering its fourth year in April, the Brooklyn Flea is changing things up slightly—instead of alternating between Saturdays at the high school playground in Fort Greene and Sundays at the Williamsburgh Savings Bank (also in Fort Greene), the Flea is moving to Williamsburg proper for Sundays, starting this summer. The lot is an as-yet unused space on the water between North 6th and 7th Streets and owned by EDGE, the real estate company behind much of North Brooklyn’s recent vertical waterside expansion.

Destined to become the grounds for the last of three towers in the residential complex, the space is comparable in size to the playground and will be landscaped in time for the Flea’s summer move. If it means a delay on another giant waterfront condo, we’re all for it!