The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food will celebrate its 2014 grand opening on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 in the same spot as last year: an outdoor lot by the waterfront at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.
Items for sale at the market include collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more, along with a greatly expanded selection of food and drinks.
Along with many LIC Flea favorites, new faces are being introduced this season, bringing visitors a wide array of foods and other items.
Kathy Baer, owner of Jewel Dripped, will be selling handcrafted jewelry made out of quality metals, gemstones and vintage beads.
“I’m excited to have more face-to-face contact with people and see their reactions to my things,” said Baer, who primarily sells her items on www.Etsy.com. “It would just be fun to hang out in the street with real people and feed off their energy and try out new ideas.”
Among the new food vendors is Mediterranean restaurant Trakia, which is located at 38-14 30th Ave. in Astoria. This vendor will serve organic personal pizzas made on site in a portable brick oven, created for the LIC Flea.
“It’s going to be a great exposure for us,” said Ajdin Dracic, manager at Trakia. The restaurant is looking to combine different toppings on the pies to bring unique combinations of flavors. “It’s perfect for the target audience we are chasing and we want to get reactions from people with the crazy combinations.”
Another food vendor is Mamak Malaysia, which will be selling traditional Malaysian food with homemade twists to each plate.
“Since we are new and we are a unique Malaysian restaurant, I just want to go out and introduce our restaurant and my food,” said Nani Yusof Hughie, owner and executive chef of Mamak Malaysia. “It will give an opportunity for me and for those people to know us and for us to know our customers. We want to be part of the LIC Flea family.”
During the opening weekend, the New York Cosmos soccer team, which will start its season against Atlanta on April 13 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, will be on site to bring activities for kids and families.
LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Applications are still being accepted for the new season by registering online at www.licflea.com.
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