Skylight One Hanson Launches Partnership with Brooklyn Flea at Former Williamsburg Savings Bank Building

New indoor venue will more than triple the Flea’s current square footage while showcasing a Fort Greene historical landmark

Beginning this weekend, the Brooklyn Flea will move indoors to Skylight One Hanson, the new high-end event space located at One Hanson Place in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. The nearly two-year-old vendor marketplace will occupy 20,000 square feet of ground floor and basement space in the former landmark Williamsburg Savings Bank Building every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the next 12 weekends, until the Flea moves back outdoors in the spring. Dozens of vendors will offer a variety of items ranging from antiques and vintage furniture to artisanal chocolates, clothing and jewelry.

Deemed a historic landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, One Hanson’s 85-year-old bank hall will remain unaltered for the Brooklyn Flea term. Vendors will present their merchandise at teller windows, banking kiosks, secret rooms, and even the former vault located within the landmark space that features 63-foot vaulted ceilings, giant stained-glass windows, an impressive 40-foot mosaic of New York as a Dutch colony and ornate Art Deco details. One Hanson’s proximity to ten different subway lines and the LIRR will provide easy access for visitors from across the region.

“The One Hanson building has been a true icon in the Fort Greene neighborhood for the past century and we are thrilled to open this breathtaking space for the community to enjoy,” said Jennifer Blumin, President of the Skylight Group. “Our new partnership with the Brooklyn Flea also presents a perfect opportunity to initiate a discussion about the history of the building as well as the surrounding neighborhood.”

As part of their new relationship with Brooklyn Flea, Skylight One Hanson has undertaken several initiatives to engage the public in the history of the local community.

“One Hanson Place is a landmark in Brooklyn and a relic from a bygone era of banking,” said renowned urban historian Ken Jackson who, along with other prominent urban historians, will create seminars about the building, the surrounding neighborhood and the borough. “The fact that the Brooklyn Flea is being held in a former monument for commerce reflects a full-circle evolution of the borough.”

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With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.