A bizarre bazaar in Brooklyn

For a side of ping pong and mini golf with your holiday shopping, head to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s new Greenpoint home.

Just in time for the winter holidays, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has opened a new, permanent home in an industrial section of the Greenpoint neighbourhood, allowing visitors to shop, drink and eat – and even catch a band or squeeze in a little golf – under one roof.

Inspired by the night markets of Southeast Asia, the free event, which began two years ago as a pop-up affair, now operates weekly. A rotating line-up of mostly New York-based vendors sell the gamut from stylish sneakers and hula hoops to jewellery and locally produced spices, jams and nut butters. There’s also an array of foodie-pleasing bites (lobster rolls, tacos, dumplings, pie) for immediate consumption.

Lest it be confused with a flea market, club-like light installations, a beer garden, live bands and DJs set a different scene. The 23,000sqft former bakery space also houses a graffiti-covered ping pong room and a nine-hole miniature golf course complete with a disco ball.

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, located at 165 Banker Street, is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm to midnight. IDs are required, although members of the under-21 crowd are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Super Passes, which provide expedited entry for two people, two bar beverages and a game of mini golf or ping pong for two, are available for $25 online.

Amy Brader is the New York City Localite for BBC Travel.

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