Weekly Flea Market Ave A and 11th Street

Flea Market at Ave A and 11th Street
Flea Market at Ave A and 11th Street

I’d forgotten about this place until I started going back through my photos.  Last week, my wife and were walking down 11th Street.  I don’t recall where we were going, but we saw a flea market and stopped in to look around.  I’d always thought of flea markets as being a uniquely ‘Southern’ thing and I’ve been to quite a few.  I have this vague memory of being at one where a guy had a stall set up to sell animals.  I remembering seeing snakes.  I have no idea how many years ago that was.

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I asked around a bit and this flea market is set up once a week.  The space it covers is pretty big, which made me wonder how much each individual seller pays the lot owner for the time they spend there.

If I had more time and more space, I would probably pick up some of the things they sell there, specifically books.  I hardly have time to read the ones I have, though, given how much I read for classes I’m taking.  I also saw some bicycles near the front entrance.  I think I want to get bicycles for myself and my wife again.  It would be fun to ride around Central Park and the bike paths that go around Manhattan.  I don’t think I’d want to ride inside the city though and especially not on busy roads.  Too dangerous.

Guy posing for shot near flea market.
Guy posing for shot near flea market.

On the way out, this guy saw me taking photos and indicated that he wanted to post for the camera, so I humored him and I’m happy with how it came out.  He looks pretty slick.

Sometimes It Pays To Dig In The Trash

Three books from on the side of the road, put out as trash.

Just yesterday I saw a copy of Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson lying on the street in East Harlem. I’d have picked it up if it weren’t wet from the rain. That’s a damn good book. I gave a copy to my wife as a gift one time. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth it, and it’s a short read so you don’t have to spend a lot of time with it, just a lot of time thinking about what it says!

So, what’s today’s book find? Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests; Is America Breaking Apart?; and Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination. The last one will probably be the most interesting of the three, to me anyway. It covers interesting topics like “From Ashes to Cyborgs: The Era of Reconstruction (1945 – 1960)” and “”Gotta Catch ‘Em All”: The Pokemonization of America”. Is America breaking apart? is a discussion about American society and how it adapts to overcome social problems. That should be an interesting read.

Anyhow, that’s $67.75 worth of books (before taxes) that was just sitting on the street, heading for the city landfill if no one claimed them, and those are just the ones that we picked up. Thinking about it, I should’ve taken them all and put the rest on eBay. Not everything that’s sitting on the curb is really garbage, especially when it’s a book.

Of course, a book is about the only thing I’ll take from the curb. I’m not about to wear clothes from off the curb. That’s just gross. Now, let’s just hope these books didn’t have any bed bugs in them. If you haven’t heard, there’s a huge infestation of bed bugs in New York City right now, everywhere from private homes to public schools to 5 star hotels.

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