I apologize for the darkness of this attempted shot of the Tardis Water Closet, but dark bars make for difficult shots and the effects of the Absinthe altered my perception at the time. More photos from the event can be seen on my Flickr photostream.
A rift in the space time continuum opened as steampunk fashion invaded Carroll Gardens in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Neither the rain throughout the day, that was downright torrential at times, nor the rerouting of the F train that normally stops around the corner from the market deterred adventuring enthusiasts who turned out in large numbers.
Outside the red and white striped circus tent, attendees in their steampunk style could be seen strolling along side cars, buses, and modern businesses. Inside, stepping through the doors of the tent transported attendees back in time to an era that exists as an alternate timeline. Shiny brass gears and items inspired by steam powered technology mingle with Victorian fashion. Whimsical wares incorporating this technology with a Victorian aesthetic are the norm in this alternate era and were offered for sale by 20 different vendors.
A fashion show took place in the afternoon which I was prevented from seeing by the large number of attendees in front of my table, but thanks to the marvels of modern technology and You Tube I was able to transport to a prime viewing spot and see the show in its entirety. Toward the end of the first segment you can hear me commenting, "I have a little tiny window here where I can see." Viewing the models from the neck up through the tiny window I had from behind the crowd was surreal, but no more so than any other part of the day.
At the end of the evening, after a delightful dinner at the Union Smith Cafe, Niffer and I headed over to New York's only steampunk bar, The Way Station, for the afterparty. We sipped Absinthe as we enjoyed performances by Psyche Corporation and Karen LeBlanc, followed by a trip to the Tardis before heading back to our Bed & Breakfast.
The event was widely covered by the press and stories can be seen at the following locations: Time Out New York, Steampunk Day at the Brooklyn Indie Market, Metromix New York (the edge of my table is in photo 47/51, to the left of Berit New York, and Niffer can be seen in photo 48/51), nonsociety (scroll right until you find the 10/24 entry), & Celine Gaille's blog La Preneuse de Temps. If there's other press I may have missed, please leave a link in the comments.
For those of you wondering what steampunk is, the best description I've seen can be found here.