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

Jan 08, 2010, 09:00 ET from Skylight Group

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- 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."

About One Hanson

One Hanson, also known as the Williamsburg Savings Bank is a true Brooklyn icon. This historic landmark, known for its four sided clock, has been reborn into 179 luxury residences, most with views of New York Harbor, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan skyline. One Hanson Place is located at the center of four vibrant neighborhoods and is surrounded by many of Brooklyn's rich cultural institutions such as The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Building amenities include Luxury Attaché's concierge services, a Sky Lounge, a fitness center, a children's playroom and a high floor common terrace. One Hanson brings Manhattan luxury and lifestyle to Brooklyn. For more information, visit

About Skylight Group

The Skylight Group is a Manhattan-based event space management firm that specializes in re-conceiving spaces and converting them for high-end event use. With a portfolio that includes Skylight Soho and Skylight West in Manhattan and Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn, the Skylight Group is known for providing full service and an extensive network of resources to its discerning clients, who include Ralph Lauren, the Whitney Museum, Vogue and Google. Managing every part of the process from inception and construction to long-term operations and marketing, The Skylight Group hosts several hundred events per year, which run the gamut from fashion shows and gala dinners to weddings and photo shoots.

One Hanson Sales Office

To schedule a viewing of the luxury residences located above the special event space at One Hanson, or for more information about the property, please call: (718) 233-6600 or email:

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