The more kids we have, the more I realize that, even though I do love alone time with Peter, days where we adventure around the city as a family of four are in fact some of my favorite. Very favorite to be exact. No matter how many times you've done the same thing in New York City, it really doesn't get old. Everyone is a little bit older, wiser, in a better mood, and there are new strangers to meet and familiar people to catch up with. Each outing is like a mini family reunion for us. Most of our friends are always moving and shaking, and with two kids, we hardly get to fully catch up via phone or text message. So our weekend dates as a family are for those too.
The other weekend we decided to take advantage of the weather and soak in one of the last days at the Brooklyn Flea. But the Flea can't truly be enjoyed without a full belly for all first. Burgers, the Flea, and a bit of music and visiting friends too. It was fantastic!
Peter and I have a long relationship with Pop's, located in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It's one of the many places in Williamsburg where we come back and reminisce each and every visit. A few years back during one hot summer, Peter and I sat on the front bench of Pop's and decided that our daughter River would be named River. I remember that day so clearly, and when River gets older, I want to take her back to Pop's and explain it all to her once again.
Even though I haven't had a beef burger in 10 years, Peter and I agree that Pop's does the beef and turkey burger just right. Our combination is always topped off with the largest order of soft fried fries to share, and plenty of ketchup for dipping.
What I love about this burger place the most is that it's owned by a local family. The owner's wife and I were pregnant around the same time (she was pregnant with twins) when I was pregnant with River. We try our best to support local family-owned places. We also make it a point to only eat at child-friendly restaurants, like this one. The music is great and loud enough, and it doesn't get too crowded. Both are great if your kids end up crying and if you have a stroller in tow.
We are big fans of the Brooklyn Flea market, and make it a habit to roam around, visit friends, and shop a little a few weekends in a month. We have one closer to our home in Fort Greene, but I tend to be a sucker for the Willamsburg one because of the crazy Manhattan skyline you see while shopping. Also, the grassy area with a little train park for our tired toddler isn't too shabby.
Usually before we go, I try and purge a thing or two from my closet that I no longer wear or I don't intend on wearing. This helps with the shopping guilt. 😉 Between the inexpensive baby clothes, vintage home accents, and costume jewelry, you've got so much eye candy. The flea market has over 150 vendors (including food), so it's hard to leave empty-handed!
Some people have weird feelings when it comes to purchasing used shoes, not me! I'll take all the vintage oxfords, please and thank you.
Since it's getting colder here in the city, the Flea has moved to a beautiful parent-friendly location in Crown Heights Brooklyn. The new space is a beautiful loft, with over 30,000 sq ft!
Thank you for letting me share our typical date as a family here in New York City!
Credits// Author and Photography: LaTonya Staubs. Photos edited with Bella from the Folk Collection.
You are the sweetest! I plan on coming back soon enough with another post. Thank you and come visit!!
Thank you Chrissie!
Hi Melanie and Kristina!
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What a beautiful day out for a beautiful family. I was never interested in NY when I was younger, but the more posts I see like this the more my interest has grown. Thanks for this.
I’ve never been to the Brooklyn Flea! An acquaintance of mine had a booth there for a year or so. I’ve seen so many photos, but I always think of Brooklyn as being so far away…even though it’s not. I’m only 20 minutes outside of the city. I’m going to challenge myself to make it there before the year is through.
Thank you for the photos and inspiration!
More LaTonya please!! Loving her & her beautiful family 🙂
I saw the first picture and knew right where it was! A few years ago I did a painting of the view from inside Pop’s, looking at a row of planters on the roof across the street and a woman walking by! Loved that place, even though I was just visiting!
This is lovely! I must visit these places as they are right over the bridge.
I love flea markets!!!!
but there is not one in my little city
Thanks so much for this post! I love the Flea and now I have to go try Pop’s… nice to see something I can get to by car or a quick train ride (rather than a plane to the midwest!)
Enjoyed this. Beautiful family and flea markets are truly the best. Happy Fall to all. 🙂
What a lovely capture of the day! Thanks for sharing! Booking a flight to Brooklyn now! 😀
LOVE your posts LaTonya! Keep em coming;-) So nice to get som tips for New York. Such a great city. Can’t wait to go back!
What a fabulous time! It all looks so fantastic. Love a good Flea market.
Great post! And that last picture of you and your peanut is about the sweetest thing ever
I love flea markets! There are always so many treasures to find! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
You are blessed with a beautiful family.. Sounds like a great day you had 🙂
Your lipstick is phenomenal! You are one gorgeous mama!
Aww what beautiful pictures and what a great day in Brooklyn! This post made me happy. Thanks for the great share!