The juggernaut that is Smorgasburg is coming to Prospect Park...to Breeze Hill, specifically. The quintessential new-Brooklyn bazaar of all things artisanal, cured, smoked, pickled, and curated will abandon its Sunday digs at the Brooklyn Bridge Park starting August 30; details here.
The family and I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with Smorg; we used to enjoy trying a few tasty noms when it was encamped in the old Tobacco Warehouse, followed by a ride on Jane's Carousel; there, at least, one could find a bit of shade while nibbling a $7 mini-slider or a $10 teeny sampler of dumplings. We'd each get one nibbly thing and split it three ways; if we really went to town, we could have easily spent $50 on lunch. Then we tried again at Brooklyn Bridge Park, but quickly retreated after trying and failing to find one of the rare seats with an umbrella. The site was "the sun's anvil" as they said in Lawrence of Arabia, and something doesn't sit right with me about paying a fortune for tasty noms and then having to eat them on the hoof, juggling paper plates and sweating bullets, or while squatting on a dusty curb. And the crowds!...like everything else in the New Brooklyn, a victim of its own success after the first blast of viral publicity.
Breeze Hill has been historically underused, despite its lovely location...I recall making my way up there a few years ago to find some gravel and sand heaps and a few dumpsters. I just hope it doesn't mean that the ways in and out will become a scorched earth of pounded-down turf and dumped containers. (Remember the bacon-fueled monstrosity that was Googa-Mooga?) And it sure would be nice if there were a few stands that served something cheap but tasty--Festivus for the Rest of Us. But that wouldn't be the New Brooklyn, would it?
Here are some ideas for the 100-plus vendors: