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More fun at the Flea this weekend


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Even with the World Cup festivities coming to an end last weekend, more exciting things are on their way to Long Island City.

This Saturday, July 19, the popular LIC Flea & Food, located at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be holding a cornhole contest. Cornhole is a lawn game where players take turns trying to throw bean bags into a hole on a raised platform. The prizes for the contest include a cornhole set and $100 in FleaBucks to spend at the market. Sign up to participate at facebook.com/licflea.

Also this weekend, HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will make its return to the LIC Flea with host Lara Spencer, co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Each week on the show, contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios is keeping strong and offering the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.
Initially the Astoria Flea was expected to run for eight consecutive Sundays starting in May, but it now will stay open until August 31.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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Celebrations and surprises at the Fleas


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Photo courtesy of Bradley Hawks

Long Island City and Astoria will be filled with celebrations this weekend.

On Saturday, June 21, the LIC Flea & Food will be marking its one-year anniversary and some vendors will be offering visitors special discounts and chances to win Flea Bucks to spend at the market.

Some of the special discounts include $10 All Day from Drink More Good, 10 percent off everything on the truck from The Nomad Truck, $5 select bracelets from Imran Jewels, $8 quart jars of lemonade from Frittering Away and 10 percent off all paintings from New York Flair. Additionally, anyone spending LIC Flea Bucks with C & C Couture Luxury Designs will receive 10 percent off the entire purchase (minimum $10 purchase).

The popular Long Island City flea market opened up last June at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. Since its opening, the LIC Flea has brought visitors the best in food and drinks, collectibles, art, fashion, vintage items, antiques and much more.

In the past year the market has also featured special events for the World Cup, Father’s Day and much more. The LIC Flea has also had special guests such as the Big Apple Circus and most recently HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip.”

The LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This Sunday, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will surprise visitors as organizers plan to announce that the brand-new market will stay open until August 31.

Initially the Astoria Flea was expected to run for eight consecutive Sundays starting in May.

Visitors can stop by the Astoria Flea every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this summer at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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Fun-filled Father’s Day weekend at the LIC and Astoria Fleas


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Photo by Bradley Hawks

Long Island City and Astoria will be buzzing this weekend, just in time for the FIFA World Cup and Father’s Day.

This Saturday, June 14, visitors to the LIC Flea & Food will be able to try their kicks out at a World Cup-themed event. Those who are able to score goals will go home with prizes.

The LIC Flea is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at the outdoor lot by the western Queens waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

On Sunday, HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will make its return to the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios with host Lara Spencer, co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Each week on the show, contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

There are only two more Sundays left of the Astoria Flea, located at the outdoor backlot at 36th Street and 35th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., so don’t forget to check it out.

With Father’s Day this weekend, both the LIC Flea and Astoria Flea are the perfect spots to come down and find that perfect gift for dad from the wide array of vendors offering food and drinks, collectibles, art, fashion, vintage items, antiques and much more.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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HGTV coming to LIC Flea this Saturday


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Photo by Bradley Hawks

Cameras will be rolling into the LIC Flea & Food this Saturday, so don’t miss out.

HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will be filming an episode at the popular Long Island City flea market with host Lara Spencer, co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Each week on the show, contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

The LIC Flea is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at the outdoor lot by the western Queens waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

“Flea Market Flip” was at the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios last weekend.

The Astoria Flea is continuing strong at the outdoor backlot located at 36th Street and 35th Avenue on Sundays, bringing the best of vendors to the Astoria community.

Applications to be a vendor are still being accepted by registering online at www.licflea.com.

 

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Astoria Flea to be featured in HGTV’s ‘Flea Market Flip’


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Photo courtesy of Kaufman Astoria Studios

Visit the Astoria Flea this weekend, and you just might get on television (or at least see some filming) — HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will be at the flea market at the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot this Sunday.

“Flea Market Flip” gives contestants $500 to find, buy and fix a piece of furniture at a flea market. Contestants later sell their flipped creations for a larger sum and battle to see who can make the largest profit, according to hgtv.com.

Spend some time browsing the furniture stands, and you just might see some of the action!
Visit the Astoria Flea on 36th Street between 34th and 35th avenues on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Also check out the LIC Flea & Food on Saturdays at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

 

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HGTV, Big Apple Circus visit LIC Flea


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The circus is coming to town, but first it stopped by the LIC Flea and International Food Bazaar over the weekend.

The Big Apple Circus made an appearance at the Flea to promote its upcoming shows to potential patrons and provide a little entertainment.

HGTV’s show “Flea Market Flip,” where contestants are given about $500 to search for items, revitalize them and resell for a profit, was also at the Flea this weekend with host Lara Spencer.

“Rather than just taste the different foods, we can take in the entertainment too,” said Flea-goer Landy Wu. “The kids always like the circus. If there is an opportunity I will bring them.”

The Big Apple Circus will be playing shows at Lincoln Center from October 25 through January 12. The circus also gave free tickets to the show with a free raffle.

“We are so excited; [my son] has been talking about the Big Apple Circus all week,” said Long Island City resident Lindsy Parrott. “There are so many kids in the neighborhood I think it’s smart for the LIC Flea to capitalize on the demographic and bring this to get the kids excited to come to the Flea with their parents.”

Manolo Blank, a self-defined ironic mime, represented the circus with small performances. The mime, who is also a clown, walked on stilts, juggled, told jokes and danced, to the excitement of children.

“It’s awesome, I am enjoying [the mime’s] character,” said Melqueuoroziry Capellan.

 

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LIC Flea set to be reality TV star


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JOHANN HAMILTON

Queens residents watching HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” might notice a familiar location.

“Flea Market Flip” is a program that visits different flea markets around the country, gives its contestants $500 and then sets them loose to buy, fix and flip items at the market for a higher price. At the end of the program, one team wins the grand total of profits made that day.

On Sunday, July 21, camera crews were at the LIC Flea and International Food Bazaar to film an upcoming episode.

“It’s pretty exciting seeing all the cameras and crew walking around,” said LIC resident Mary Elizabeth, who was at the market during filming. “I’ll have to watch the show now to see if I can find myself in the background.”

“It’s a fun place to be,” said Rebecca Tase of the market, which launched Saturday, June 15. “You meet a lot of interesting people.”

Tony Dillon said this past weekend was his first time at the market and that he enjoyed the booths that appeal to a wide range of people.

The weekend also marked the beginning of complimentary shuttle bus service from Astoria to the LIC Flea. The shuttle departs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from 30th Avenue and 31St Street, and runs every Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s great that Queens has markets like this, and the location is fantastic,” said Indra Patel. “I live pretty close to here, so I’ve been here every weekend since it started. I love how many different food shops there are. It’s almost like every day is a totally different market.”

Vendor and owner of the Burger Garage, Tom, said he is glad to be a part of LIC Flea, especially now that they have been voted the number one burger in the borough.

“I enjoy my weekends here,” said Karen Overton, another vendor and owner of Recycle a Bicycle. “It’s worth it to be here.”

LIC Flea runs every Saturday and Sunday during the summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is located in the parking lot at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street.

 

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HGTV filming at LIC Flea this weekend


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HGTV is coming to LIC Flea this weekend.

“Flea Market Flip,” which airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on HGTV, will be making its way to the LIC Flea and International Food Bazaar on Sunday, July 21 to film one of its upcoming episodes.

“LIC Flea and Food is thrilled to have one of the most popular national television shows focused on flea markets coming to our market this weekend,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea president. “This will be a great visibility for Queens, Long Island City and our vendors at the market.”

Each week, contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

“We look forward to a great weekend,” said Schneps. “LIC Flea already has so much to offer in terms of a great weekend destination and this will make it even more exciting.”

Also starting this weekend, LIC Flea will offer free bus service to the market from Astoria, on the corner of 30th Avenue and 31st Street, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, on the corner of Nassau Avenue and Manhattan Avenue. You can register for a free spot on the Astoria bus shuttle here and the Brooklyn bus shuttle here.

On Saturday, gift cards or “Flea Market Bucks” will be given away to lucky visitors to spend all day at the flea market.

LIC Flea is located at 5-25 46th Avenue in LIC. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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Queens native wins HGTV’s ‘Design Star’


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Photo courtesy of HGTV

Under the scorching studio lights, Danielle Colding felt calm.

“I’ve done the best I can do,” the “HGTV Design Star” finalist thought as the judges made their concluding remarks and deliberated between the two last-standing contestants.

She played out both outcomes — winning and losing — in her head, proud she had made it so far and understanding the judges’ decision was simply a matter of preference.

Colding, a 36-year-old Queens native, won “HGTV Design Star,” an interior styling competition show that hands the winner his or her own television show.

Originally from Queens Village, Colding studied interior design at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She graduated with her associate degree in 2003 and moved home to New York where she landed a job as an assistant designer with a high-end residential firm.

Colding, a long-time fan of HGTV, was encouraged by friends to audition for “Design Star.” She watched previous seasons carefully to get a feel for the show, including season five, in which a friend of hers participated. When HGTV executives announced that there would be an open call for the show in New York City, she signed up. Within five minutes of her first interview, held at an Upper East Side bar, the casting director told Colding she had made it to the second round.

The audition process overlapped her mother’s battle with cancer. She passed away the week before Colding got the call announcing she would appear in the seventh season.

Colding kept busy with the show, divulging that she struggled with the isolation of the competition and the challenge’s tight time constraints — something she had never experienced during her design career. During the competition, an entire space needed to be redone in two or three days. Projects in the real world last for several months or even a year.

“You have to go with your gut and make decisions right away,” she said of the competition.

The tense rivalry was smoothed over by the camaraderie between the contestants, regardless of the stakes.

“It was a supportive environment,” said Colding. “We made friends right away and felt like we were in it together. There was an incredible bond there.”

Colding claimed the competition kept an element of fun throughout, referring to it as “designer boot camp.”

The New York creative who now runs her own company, Danielle Colding Designs, pulls most of her inspiration from travel and says she loves seeing how people all over the world do things differently, citing Paris as her favorite inspiration destination.

“When I go I just feel so inspired,” she said. “The French just know how to do it right. Everything is beautiful and everything tastes great.”

Colding, who now lives in Brooklyn, calls her style “eclectic,” drifting towards contemporary basics, straight lines and elegant details with global accents. Her new show, “Shop This Room,” combines shopping and at-home salvaging as the designer uses items from a client’s home, reworking them as a centerpiece.

“It’s like a puzzle with each different client,” she said. “Even if people have homes they aren’t crazy about, there’s something in there that they love.”

Colding hopes the program will show people that it is possible to rework a room without breaking the bank by reusing items they already own.

While Colding admitted she never though she would have her own television show, she said fell into the spot shockingly comfortably.

“I’m just a girl from Queens,” she mused. “Is this really happening?!”