46-42 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
“We will be serving ginger pulled pork sliders with pickled cilantro carrot slaw, fresh sweet corn & onion relish dogs, chorizo baked bean dogs, and the Alobar ‘Big Dog’—an all beef hot dog topped with the ginger pulled pork and pickled carrot slaw. The fact that we are two blocks away—it doesn’t get any more local than that! It’s a great way to get people that don’t already know LIC to come here and enjoy what the neighborhood has to offer.”
The Burger Garage
25-36 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
The Burger Garage will be selling its titular burger, the BG Burger. The BG Burger is a quarter pound of custom-blended black angus beef with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and house made BG sauce. “The LIC Flea & Food market is a great opportunity to not only meet people, but also to meet other vendors in the area. We’re very excited and proud to be part of it, and we’re always looking forward to furthering our reach to the community.”
42 Old Church Rd, Monroe Twp, NJ
“We will be selling our locally grown fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on heirloom varieties. We will also have fresh cut flowers. We are very excited to expand our markets and provide the residents of the greater LIC community with our high-quality locally grown produce and flowers.”
Jessy’s Pastries specializes in empanadas and alfajores, which are Peruvian cookies filled with milk caramel, or “dulce de leche.” The bakery, founded by Jessy Nahmias about a year ago, has been traveling to street fairs and markets and sharing the taste of Peru with New York City. They offer meat empanadas as well as vegetarian and vegan ones, and they can be either fried or baked. Jessy’s will be at the LIC Flea every Saturday, and will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to ACDS, a school for children with Down syndrome. “We’re very excited to be part of the LIC Flea for the first time! We were chosen to be one of the vendors and we can’t wait to be part of something in the borough of Queens. It’s a great location and we think it’s going to go really well!”
Khao Man Gai NY will be selling Thai street food including its signature dish and namesake, khao man gai, one of the most popular one-plate meals in all of Thailand. Khao man gai consists of organic chicken poached with garlic and ginger laong with Jasmine rice cooked with the poaching liquid and Thai herbs. It’s all served with a salty, sweet, sour, and spicy balanced sauce that ties the whole dish together and a soup for sipping between bites. Emorn and Eric, the husband and wife team behind Khao Man Gai NY say that each bite includes chicken, rice and sauce. They also boast three Thai teas, their most popular being Chao manao, which is made with freshly squeezed key lime juice. “We live in Long Island City and are excited about LIC Flea & Food and what it means for the neighborhood,” they said. “It is sure to be a success!”
Little Bird Chocolates is an artisanal chocolate company started by husband and wife Corey and Sara Meyer. They cater weddings, birthday parties, communions and other events, and will be attending the LIC Flea & Food market to share their homemade treats with New Yorkers. Their signature product is a candied jalapeno covered in dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt, and they also offer milk-chocolate covered animal crackers. Although the company is only a few months old, they are looking to move to wholesale soon. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to be part of the LIC Flea! It’s a really big deal and we’re glad we can be a part of it.”
Locations in NY, Philly & DC
Luke’s will be selling their famous, fresh lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, and crab rolls. “We’re excited to bring a fresh taste of Maine to Long Island City!”
h people,” says Caner. “We’ve been seeing a lot of old customers from the restaurant at the flea.”
New Amsterdam Baking Company, owned by Christine Burns and her husband Mario Frascarella, will bring their fresh, homemade cakes to the LIC Flea market this year. They could not be more excited. Started in April as a “what if?” project, New Amsterdam Baking Company arose as a result of Burns’ passion for baking. This will be her first continuous flea market. Its best-selling items are their chocolate pretzel cake and their bourbon cake, both of which are made fresh and contains only high-quality ingredients. A resident of Brooklyn, Burns is a huge fan of the LIC flea. “We’re very happy to be at the forefront of this market. I think LIC is one to watch!” she said.
5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City
Kazuko Nagao and Hideki Kato are selling oconomiyaki, a Japanese vegetable pancake, at LIC Flea. Nagao was introduced to the Flea by her friend Metin Mangut, a partner of Food Cellar, a market in Long Island City. Though Nagao is part of a Japanese PR marketing company, she has participated as a food vendor before. Their featured dish at the LIC Flea is oconomiyaki, a pancake that is traditionally made with cabbage, scallions, ginger, eggs and flour. In Japanese, the first part of the word, “oconomi” means “whatever you like,” so customers are able to add virtually whatever vegetable they’d like to their pancake. The pancakes are served with a variety of different sauces, including white sauce, yogurt cilantro, chipotle mayo and spicy ketchup. In addition to the food selection, yuzunade, Japanese lemonade, will be available. Nagao has teamed up with some of the farmers who also participate in the Flea and uses their vegetables to prepare her dishes. “We are excited to be able to introduce a healthy vegetable dish and be able to share Japanese food culture with an American audience,” Nagao said. “I like the little community of vendors. We are there every week so we’ve all become friends.”
An escape from the “oppressive heat” of the summer is here with Popitbaby’s organic popsicles. Partners Jackie Walsh and Christopher Twele have been working for over a year on their popsicle project, sending out their first popsicle truck just a month ago. All of their products are created at Organic Food Incubator, a site with 16 different kitchens all using and producing organic products. Pop It Baby offers unique, refreshing flavors, such as watermelon mint, mojito, chai tea, honeydew basil blueberry and much more. Twele and Walsh’s trucks can be found throughout Long Island City, and they are ecstatic to be a part of the LIC Flea. “I think Long Island City is the perfect place for a market,” said Twele.
Pin Up Queens NYC
22-03 Astoria Boulevard, Astoria
Pin Up Queens NYC, founded by Giana Stranigar, offers hand-picked vintage clothing and more from around the country. Stranigar, who has been dabbling with vintage materials since 2003, moved from California to Astoria in 2009 and opened her store in September of 2012. With clothing, accessories, and jewelry ranging from the Victorian Era through the 1980s, Pin Up Queens caters to everyone regardless of age, size, or taste. It also takes requests for vintage-inspired custom pieces and alterations. In addition to being at the LIC Flea this year, Pin Up Queens also has an outlet in Astoria, which is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 8 p.m.
Reed Chic Boutique
159 Bleecker Street, NYC
Reed Chic Boutique is a trendy new boutique that specializes in designer clothes with a unique look. By working with small designers, Reed’s Chic Boutique is able to give you a very individual look that is sure to make you stand out. They operate both online and through their website, where they sell dresses, sweaters, accessories and more. The Boutique can also be found at street fairs and markets throughout the city, and will be at the LIC Flea every Saturday and Sunday for the first few weeks. “I’m really excited to be doing the LIC market because it’s part of my own community,” said founder Tricia Reed.
JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES
Urban Man Made, founded in April, is a unique LIC Flea vendor in that it is a “store for men,” according to owner Tom Stajmiger. The store will feature handmade products for men such as wallets, belts, bottle openers and more. Although the merchandise is not handmade by Stajmiger himself, he searches the country for the best handmade products to sell. Those include items from gift shows, artists, national vendors and the popular e-commerce website Etsy. Urban Man Made will be at the LIC Flea on Saturdays and Sundays. It offers many LIC-themed items such as watches and cork wallets. It also features unique scented candles for men that come in musky, cologne-like scents.
Vint & York Eyewear
99 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
Founded by Dmitriy Israel and Larisa Ginzburg in late March, Vint and York Eyewear sells quality eyeglasses for a fraction of their retail price. Its current stock is prescription lenses, with a new line of sunglasses. LIC Flea & Food is Israel and Ginzburg’s first ever market, and they love sharing their glasses with Queens residents, especially their popular Hell K model. If you can’t wait for Saturdays and Sundays, interested customers can also try on Vint and York Eyewear at Old Hollywood in Brooklyn, or do a virtual try-on at their website, www.vintandyork.com. The website for Vint and York also features a frame trial, which allows customers to order up to five frames to be sent to their homes so they can try frames before they buy them.
Vivian Park will be at the LIC Flea this year representing her jewelry store, Vivian Jewlry Corp. After working at a handmade jewelry store in Manhattan, Park realized that she could do just as good of a job on her own, and five years ago she founded Vivivan Jewlry. In addition to selling her bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more, Park is also a painter, and will be selling some of her artwork at the LIC Flea as well. She is also willing and able to make custom jewelry, and will be at the market on Saturdays and Sundays. “I really like it when people buy my jewelry and then they send me an email saying that the person they bought it for loved it. I love that feeling, because I’m happy when my customers are happy!”
ANTIQUES & SOAPS
407 South Avenue Westfield, NJ
Antique Antics, a collaboration between antique collectors Garrett Maney IV and Dante Mella, will be bringing its collection of beautiful antiques to the LIC Flea this year. Maney and Mella, who have both been collecting antiques separately for the past three years, decided to put their talents together last year and will be opening their own store sometime in August. Their expansive collection of antiques includes ornate vases, decorations, ornaments, tables, pottery and much more. Also, purchasing five or more items may entitle shoppers to Antique Antics’ substantial trade discount.
Nordea Soaparie is a handmade beauty line with delicately scented lotions, soaps, lip balms, hand sanitizers and perfume oils. Made from scratch using nourishing ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter, creator Nordea McKay was inspired to create products that were as hydrating as they were cleansing. Her unique felted soaps are made with built-in washcloths that allow users to use cleanse without a separate shower cloth. “The people I’ve spoken to are very excited and welcome the market,” said McKay. “I’ve seen a really nice mix of food and vintage items.”