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A sweet weekend at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of LIC Flea & Food

Two sweet vendors came out on top this past weekend in Long Island City as they proved to be the favorites at the LIC Flea & Food Sweets Festival.

Cookies Anonymous and Esta-Joy’s Kitchen were the two winners at the 2nd Annual LIC Flea Sweets Festival, which took place Aug. 22 and 23 at the popular market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

During the festival, visitors had the chance to vote for their favorite sweets vendor, and a guest judge selected a winner as well.

Cookies Anonymous, which makes delicious cookies using ingredients from your mom’s kitchen and feature nostalgic and fun tastes, took home the win for Judge’s Favorite.

Visitors to the festival selected Esta-Joy’s Kitchen, which specializes in old-fashioned fresh fruit buckle cakes, as the Fan Favorite.

Image via Instagram/@LICFlea

Image via Instagram/@LICFlea

To continue the summer festivities, this weekend on Aug. 29 and 30 the Long Island City market will host the LIC Flea 2015 Table Tennis Open featuring grand prizes for winners. Players can sign up for hourly slots between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on either Saturday or Sunday, but the final will be played on Sunday. Winners of Saturday’s round must also be available for the final at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. To sign up visit LIC Flea on Facebook or click here.

Visitors enjoying the games or shopping around the market can also cool down at the LIC Flea Beer Garden — the only venue exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

With summer still in full swing, the LIC Flea also encourages people to make sure to check out the upcoming Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios next month during three consecutive Saturdays — Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 11 p.m. Potential vendors can apply at www.licflea.com or call 718-224-5863.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Satisfying your sweet tooth at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Image via Instagram/licflea

Long Island City will be extra sweet this weekend.

The LIC Flea & Food, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will host a Sweets Festival this Saturday and Sunday where visitors will have the chance to vote for their favorite sweets vendors.

Sweet treats from vendors at the market include macaron gelato sandwiches from Woops!, refreshing ices from Rita’s Ices, incredible brownies from Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers, fried ice cream covered in frosted flakes from Sam’s Fried Ice Cream and much more.

During the festival, Mike J. Chau, of @FoodBabyNY, will select the winners for the best of the best. Winners will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

After satisfying their sweet tooth, visitors can cool off at the LIC Flea Beer Garden – the only venue exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

This weekend the market will welcome back by popular demand The Inebriators with their fun and unique mix of jazz, funk and reggae. On Sunday, DJ Johnny Seriuss will be spinning tunes.

LIC Flea would also like to thank Green Street Solar Power for sponsoring The Secret Theatre’s Aug. 16 performance of “Pirate Pete’s Parrot” for the market’s Kids Festival.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Celebrating kids at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Image via Facebook

Children will reign at the LIC Flea & Food this weekend as the market hosts a festival filled with fun activities for the whole family.

The popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, is set to hold the LIC Flea Kids Festival this Saturday and Sunday celebrating youngsters from near and far.

The festival is expected to feature delicious food vendors, such as Sam’s Fried Ice Cream and Cookies Anonymous, and flea vendors for kids, or those who are kids at heart, like Mizudama, and ME and KC Comics.

The fun weekend continues with a bounce house, games, music, tattoos and face painting.

This weekend will also feature fun for adults as SingleCut Beersmiths takes over the LIC Flea Beer Garden offering a selection of their best brews. SingleCut experts will be on hand to discuss their beer making process, answer questions and offer tastings.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Astoria Flea at Kaufman Astoria Studios returns with Saturday night markets


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Photo by Pete Olsen

The Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios is back and with a new twist.

The popular market, which received immense positive feedback when it first launched last May, will open once again for a night market on Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 11 p.m.

The Astoria Flea & Food Night Market, a partnership between LIC Flea & Food — Queens’ largest outdoor market — and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate on the studios’ outdoor lot, the first of its kind in the city.

Visitors will be able to enter the lot from 36th Street either from 34th Avenue or through the grand entrance on 35th Avenue featuring a 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Kaufman Astoria Studios and open their outdoor movie lot to the general public. It will be a fun and family-friendly destination to enjoy the remaining evenings of summer,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “Our first-class flea vendors offer the opportunity to discover unique items to buy and our food vendors serve up delicious eats you can’t find anywhere else.”

Kaufman Astoria Studios is currently the home of hit series such as “Orange is the New Black,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Alpha House” and “Sesame Street.”

The Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which is in walking distance from the M, R, N and Q trains, will offer visitors the best from the LIC Flea & Food and will also feature new vendors selling exclusively at the night market.

Items for sale include everything from food, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

Vendors who are interested in selling at the market can now visit www.LICFlea.com or email info@licflea.com to apply. For updates visit Facebook.com/LICFlea or follow @LICFlea on Twitter and Instagram.

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Pig out at the LIC Flea this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Image via Instagram/@LICFlea

Visitors to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend will be able to take their taste buds on a ride.

Food vendors at the popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be offering pork items on their menu both Saturday and Sunday such as pigz wingz from vendor When Pigz Fly and many more.

To wash down the delicious dishes, visitors can visit the LIC Flea Beer Garden, where local brewery Big Alice Brewing will be taking over for the continuation of the market’s Meet the Makers Series.

Pigz wingz from When Pigz Fly.

Guests will be able to taste a variety of Big Alice brews, learn about their beer making process and have questions answered by an expert beer maker.

For the rest of the weekend, guest are encouraged to shop, eat, drink and chill out to the sounds of a live band playing reggae and resident DJ Johnny Seriuss spinning tunes.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Top five most expensive luxury listings in LIC


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Modern Spaces

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Over the past decade, Long Island City has evolved into one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city. The influx of new bars, lounges, specialty shops, flea markets and restaurants was met with the demand for more condominiums with unique amenities.

Eric Benaim, founder of real estate brokerage Modern Spaces, shared his top five most expensive listings for luxury living in LIC.

The Corner
47-28 11th St., #3C
$1,120,000

This newly built, seven-story luxury building features 22 modern, high-end apartments, each outfitted with the latest amenities, including professional-grade Bosch kitchen appliances, Grohe finishes and hardwood oak floors throughout.

Marvel at the Manhattan skyline while reclining on the rooftop deck, or take advantage of the on-site fitness center or residents lounge. Located minutes away from Long Island City’s hottest cafes, nightspots and cultural centers, such as MoMA PS1, The Corner offers both convenience and relaxation amid the vibrant streets and avenues.

A 5-minute ride on the 7 train will whisk residents to the heart of Midtown. Leisurely travelers can opt to take the East River Ferry and take in the stunning water views of the city.

The Powerhouse
2-17 51st Ave., #801
$2,795,000

With its spacious three bedrooms and two full baths, the aptly named Powerhouse is a major star on the Long Island City real estate landscape. Built on the site of the former Pennsylvania Railroad Power Station, the condominium features soaring ceilings, an open-concept kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and more than 1,000 square feet of outdoor space on the private terrace. Italian marble floors line the master bath while the second bath comes equipped with a deep soaking tub.

The building also features a fitness center, aqua grotto with full-service spa, common rooftop terrace, children’s playroom and a 24-hour concierge.

The View
46-30 Center Blvd, #205
$2,795,000

This luxury unit offers unparalleled breathtaking views of the East River and Manhattan skyline from the comfort of a spacious, sun-drenched living room. The three-bedroom gem is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling double panel windows and features an open-concept living and kitchen area outfitted with the latest Viking appliances, Subzero refrigerator, a special wine cooler and hardwood flooring throughout.

All of the spacious, three full baths include deep soaking tubs set against a backdrop of the finest white marble.

The Foundry
2-40 51St Ave., #1E
$1,450,000

This modern Hunters Point duplex is bathed in sunlight courtesy of its vast windows and 17-foot vaulted ceilings. The modern open-concept chef’s kitchen features a Viking range, KitchenAid French door refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and dramatic black Caesarstone counter tops. This two-bedroom unit includes a luxury en-suite full bath in the upstairs master bedroom with both a soaking tub and standing shower.

The second bedroom also comes with its own bath and, like the master suite, access to a private terrace.

5-46 51st Ave.
$6,495,000

Brownstone2

This rare, six-family brick brownstone blends old-world charm with contemporary elements to create a truly unique habitat in the heart of Hunters Point. Built in 1930, original design elements such as the bowed-front facade, woodwork and decorative plaster moldings mingle with updated, modern amenities. Each unit features its own electrical meter, as well as upgraded wiring throughout.

This three-story gem is convenient to local markets, subways, playgrounds and dog parks, and would make the perfect nest for young families.

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Top five brunch spots in Astoria and LIC


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via The Queens Kickshaw Facebook page

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

With jaw-dropping city views and an impressive roster of fun weekend activities and outdoor events, Astoria and Long Island City have become premier summer destinations in the city.

Whether you’re enjoying a concert in Astoria Park, browsing the LIC Flea Market, exploring art at MoMA PS1 or sneaking a peek at some of the area’s amazing open houses, kick off your weekend by fueling up at one of the neighborhoods’ top brunch spots.

LIC Market
21-52 44th Dr., Long Island City
718-361-0013
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This cozy eatery is part American bistro, part rustic general store, with exposed white brick walls, chalkboard menu and wooden, farmhouse-style bar. The menu at LIC Market is frequently updated according to season and freshness, with much of their produce picked within a day of serving.

Photo courtesy of LIC Market

Photo courtesy of LIC Market

Brunch favorites include the slow roasted duck hash ($14), dirty rice frittata ($12) and buttermilk pancakes ($14) served with homemade berry jam, toasted pumpkin seed butter and maple syrup. For those seeking lighter fare, the ricotta and pignoli salad ($10) is a bounty of fresh arugula, golden raisins, toasted pine nuts, orange slices and roasted shallot vinaigrette. Sip on the traditional mimosa ($8) or a cup of freshly brewed, organic coffee sourced from direct trade micro-lots and roasted in Long Island ($2).

LIC Market is also a purveyor of homemade delights, such as strawberry and black pepper jam, and roasted cashew butter, for sale in little glass jars and cans on its quaint general store shelves.

Bear
12-14 31st Ave., Long Island City
917-396-4939
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Bear

This LIC restaurant and bar was founded back in 2011 by Executive Chef and Owner Natasha Pogrebinsky, who blends culinary traditions from the family’s native Kiev, along with Ukrainian and traditional French cuisine, to create flavorful, innovative dishes.

The dill poached potatoes ($5) and beet salad ($5) reflect Pogrebinsky’s Eastern European roots. A $15 prix-fixe brunch menu offers chicken kiev and waffles, as well as hearty borscht with a side of garlic and egg buns. Summer brunch favorites include the chilled tomato gazpacho ($9), farmer’s market mixed greens ($9) and tomato and onion sunflower salad ($7). All of Bear’s produce is locally sourced from farms in New York and New Jersey, as well as handpicked by Chef Pogrebinsky on weekly trips to the Union Square Farmers Market.

Unlike traditional brunch libations, the bloody mary at Bear is a feast for the eyes and palette, complete with a slice of candied bacon, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, jumbo celery stalk, pickles, and hard-boiled egg and olive skewer ($9).

The Queens Kickshaw
40-17 Broadway, Astoria
718-777-0913
Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Photo via The Queens Kickshaw Facebook page

Photo via The Queens Kickshaw Facebook page

This specialty coffee shop and cider bar serves up delicious, flavorful brunch fare on weekends and special holidays. The Kickshaw’s ranchers’ eggs ($14) is a zesty mix of jalapeño cornbread, guacamole, pico de gallo and sunny side up eggs. Hungry Astorians in the mood to indulge would love the mac ‘n’ cheese ($12.50), a hearty blend of Gruyère, smoked mozzarella, French beans and caramelized onions.

The kitchen sink salad ($12.50) combines a colorful mix of mesclun greens, roasted red and golden beets, and sunchokes topped with blue cheese dressing. The decadent Mast Bros. Mocha ($5) or hot chocolate ($4.50) provides a sweet finish to this brunch outing. Espresso soda ($3.25) and cold-brewed iced coffee ($3.50) are refreshing options for warm summer mornings.

Sugar Freak
36-18 30th Ave., Astoria
718-726-5850
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Midnight brunch: Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 a.m.

Photo via Sugar Freak Facebook page

Photo via Sugar Freak Facebook page

Astoria hot spot Sugar Freak specializes in festive, flavorful New Orleans fare served in a relaxed, homespun atmosphere.

Its brunch beignet sliders ($2 to $8) are a delightful mix of scrambled eggs with praline bacon and pimento cheese. The Sugar Freak breakfast ($14) is a generous platter of three eggs (any style) with homemade boudin sausage and grits in gravy with a biscuit. Waffle varieties range from sweet potato and cornbread to spicy Cajun-filled ($8) and are topped with your choice of specialty sauces, including bananas foster, chili honey, sweet and spicy condensed milk or raspberry (+ $3), oxtail grits ($15-18), chicken fried steak ($16) and the holy trinity ($16), a trifecta of fried oysters, shrimp and catfish, offer a unique spin on traditional brunch dishes. Pair them with the herb-infused green bloody mary ($10) or Creole lady marmalade, a potent gin martini with marmalade, orange liqueur and lemon.

Night owls who wish to indulge in brunch are in luck, as Sugar Freak offers a special midnight brunch to hungry late night crowds every Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 a.m.

Snowdonia
34-55 32nd St., Astoria
347-730-5783
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m  to 4 p.m.
Monday from noon to midnight

Photo via Snowdonia Facebook page

Photo via Snowdonia Facebook page

This cozy gastro pub is known for serving up Welsh-inspired dishes two short blocks away from the famous Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image.

Snowdonia’s small brunch plates, or “platiau bach ac oer,” include the laverbread and bacon ($6), a welsh bread made from fresh “laver” or seaweed, lemon zest and oatmeal with bacon. The traditional Welsh rarebit ($9) is a rich, melted three cheese blend served on toasted baguette. Brunch entrees include shepherd’s pie ($16), leek bacon and egg pie ($12), brisket and eggs ($15), and the half English breakfast ($15) featuring two eggs any style with vegetarian baked beans, welsh banger and chorizo sausages. The sticky toffee bread pudding ($7) and bourbon brownie ($7) are sweet compliments to the savory fare.

In addition to an extensive menu of craft beer and cider, Snowdonia also features specialty cocktails like the Welsh 75 ($11), a blend of New Amsterdam gin, muddled raspberry, ginger cordial, mint and champagne float. Snowdonia’s brunch dishes are also available all day on Mondays, providing a great start to any week.

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$2 parking at the LIC Flea this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Visitors to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend won’t have to worry about finding parking.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will hold a special this Saturday and Sunday giving guests the chance to park for $2 at a local garage just two blocks away.

All you have to do is spend $20 at the LIC Flea in order to park at Little Man Parking, located at 4-76 47th Ave.  on the corner of 47th Avenue and Fifth Street.

With the temperatures staying in the 90s this weekend, visitors can cool off at the Flea either at the LIC Flea Beer Garden – the only venue exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut – or with other vendors.

Photo via Instagram/@licflea

Photo via Instagram/@licflea

Some vendors to cool off with include Lizzmonade serving icy fruit concoctions, Sam’s Fried Ice Cream with unbelievable toppings, Rita’s Water Ice NYC, Panda Café with its bubble teas, and Woops! with its ice-cream-filled macarons.

Once refreshed, visitors can also check out vintage items from vendors such as Counter Clockwise Antiques and Antique Daughter; and clothing from Runaway Truck, Dutch Kills Klotheing and Schizophrenic NYC tees. They can also find jewelry from Vivian Jewelry, kids’ items from Roobrics, and gifts for your furry friends from Spoiled B*tch.

This weekend the LIC Flea will also feature live music from Gracie Terzian & Friends on Saturday, and DJ Johnny Seriuss will be spinning tunes on Sunday.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Citi Bike rolling into LIC this August


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

The blue bikes will finally be making their way into the “World’s Borough.”

Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, and the Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Citi Bike expansion, which was announced last October, will begin in early August with new stations being installed in various neighborhoods, including Long Island City.

The first wave of stations is part of a larger expansion plan that is expected to double the size of the bike share network from 6,000 to 12,000 bikes throughout the city over the next two years.

“With over 19 million trips, it is clear that New Yorkers love Citi Bike and we are excited to see the network double in size, expanding to Queens, more of Brooklyn, and upper Manhattan,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.

There will be 91 new stations installed during this first phase of the expansion throughout Long Island City, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Long Island City will get a total of 12 stations, including one by the Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av subway station, another in front of MoMa PS1, one next to the LIC Flea & Food and another right by Queensboro Plaza.

Map via citibikenyc.com

Map via citibikenyc.com

“The long-awaited arrival of Citi Bike in Long Island City is great news. Bike share will allow the people to enjoy our neighborhood in a healthy, fun way and facilitate easier travel around western Queens, an area in dire need of better mass transit,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said.

Long Island City was supposed to be part of the Citi Bike’s initial phase, which debuted in 2013, but was pushed back after equipment damage from Superstorm Sandy caused a delay.

Astoria is another Queens neighborhood slated for docking stations; however, those bikes will arrive at a later time.

“For years I have fought to bring Citi Bike to Queens and I’m proud to say that the blue bikes will be here soon,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “Cycling in western Queens has become extremely popular and the addition of 12 new Citi Bike docking stations add a much-needed alternative mode of transportation to an area of the borough that is growing and vibrant, and in need of more transportation options.”

Along with the expansion, Motivate has also replaced the software that powers Citi Bike, replaced software and hardware at all exiting stations and docking points, and added 1,000 new and upgraded bikes to its fleet. An additional 1,400 bikes will be added this summer to stock up the new stations.

The bikes, which were developed in partnership with Olympic bike designer Ben Serotta, have new features, including higher-quality parts and upgraded seats.

Motivate is also working to provide discounted Citi Bike memberships to residents of affordable housing developments, and free access for group rides to community-based organizations.

For more information on the Citi Bike expansion, visit www.citibikenyc.com/expansion.

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Vote for your favorites at LIC Flea’s Second Annual Food Vendor Awards


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Over 40 food, dessert and drink vendors will descend upon the Long Island City waterfront this Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, for the Second Annual Food Vendor Awards at the LIC Flea & Food market.

A panel of food judges and the general public will be given ballots to vote for their favorite food, dessert and beverage vendors. Those with the most votes will be crowned best in each of their categories.

“Queens is known for the best food in New York City, if not the world, and we are thrilled to be hosting this great event,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea president. “Come hungry and prepared to find a unique offering of delicious items from local chefs you can’t find anywhere else.”

The event is located one block behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign at 5-25 46th Ave. in Long Island City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Vendors at the market will provide a wide variety of tasty offerings including empanadas, Japanese vegetable pancakes, Ecuadorian pulled pork sandwiches, wood-smoked barbecue brisket, Korean pancakes, Taiwanese spring rolls, Asian fusion sandwiches, New England lobster rolls and crab cakes, Mexican seafood tacos, “Pigz Wings,” Indian rolls, Latin cakes and French fries.

Dessert items include cookies, ice cream (fried and un-fried), ices, tres leches cake, doughnuts, cupcakes and much more.

Drinks include Lizzmonade’s lemonades combined with choices of fresh fruit, as well as bubble teas, iced teas and various blends of coffee.

The market also has an All-Queens Beer Garden overlooking midtown Manhattan that carries the largest selection of beers from local Queens breweries including Queens Brewery, Big Alice Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewery, Bridge & Tunnel Brewery and Finback Brewery.

Each weekend the market operates as both a flea and food market with over 80 vendors in total. Flea market vendors sell a unique mix of everything including furniture, art, jewelry, vintage and collectible items, fashion and more. It is a great way to discover, support and interact with local makers.

The market leads into Gantry and Hunters Point South parks, which offer breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. The market has other activities for the entire family from live music and DJs to games including mega-chess, ping-pong and Jenga.

LIC Flea & Food is a short walk from the 7 train Vernon Blvd. stop, the E/M/G trains to Court Square, the East River Ferry Long Island City terminal and a big parking garage located across the street.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Get to know the Queens Brewery at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Brewery

This weekend, as you take a stroll through the LIC Flea & Food, make sure to stop by the Beer Garden and share a drink with the maker behind Queens Brewery.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will continue its Meet the Queens Makers series as the Queens Brewery takes over the LIC Flea Beer Garden.

During the series, visitors will be able to get to know local breweries and speak with the makers behind the product.

Queens Brewery’s beer maker will be on hand to share information about their beer-making process, provide tastings and answer questions from visitors.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden exclusively serves beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

This weekend the LIC Flea will also feature a live band and DJ, providing visitors with some tunes to enjoy.

A kids’ performance from The Secret Theatre, called “Princess Particular,” will also take place at the Flea on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For more information on the show, click here.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Fundraiser featuring art by girl with cerebral palsy to take place at LIC Flea


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Photos courtesy of TJ Hodges

Long Island City will be coming together this weekend to celebrate a day filled with art and mingling, all for a great cause.

New York City-based events company Revolver Productions and the nonprofit Roses for Linda, which aims to help families with travel and medical expenses, is presenting the Roses & Rosé Summer Fundraiser Event on July 18 at the LIC Flea & Food, located at 5-25 46th Ave.

The charity event, which will run from 1 to 6 p.m., will raise money and bring awareness to families that have terminally ill loved ones and cannot travel to make that final connection with them.

According to Sasha Perelman of Revolver Productions, with this event they are aiming to create an environment where young entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals can get together, mingle and socialize while “celebrating a beautiful cause.”

She also added that they have received support from many local businesses and artists that will be dedicating their time on Saturday.

“The experience we had putting all of this together is really inspiring and moving and makes me feel like what I’m doing as an entrepreneur and small business is really helping out,” Perelman said.

Funds raised during the event will go to Roses for Linda, which was founded in 2011 by TJ Hodges after losing his loved one, Linda, to cancer. Family members could not afford to travel to see her before she died.

The event will feature live art created on site by artist Lynx Alexander, canvas photography by Amy McMullen’s D’Arte Collection, live poetry by Jeffrey Berg, a comedy performance by The Melting Pot Variety Show, original art by Jamie Stang Ellis, and more.

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Along with these activities, the charity will also include an auction of artwork featuring pieces from 4-year-old Lily Drake from Illinois. Lily was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was born and even though there were questions if she would be able to move, the toddler has shown she has a talent.

Hodges first heard of Lily through friends on Facebook and later reached out to her family to help them with expenses through Roses for Linda. He personally bought some pieces, and when he was contacted about doing a charity event, he knew he had to reach out to Lily’s family to ask if she could paint a few pieces to auction out.

“It was absolutely inspiring to see what she goes through,” Hodges said. “To just see the videos of her smiling with her art, to know that it helps not just with her morale but her muscle tone, is really inspiring.”

Although Lily’s family initially asked for the proceeds to go to families being helped through the nonprofit, Hodges said that any money raised from Lily’s pieces will go back to her family as a birthday present for Lily, who turned 4 on July 14.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Come to BORO Mag party and help out The Secret Theatre


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


It is time to party at the LIC Flea & Food.

BORO Magazine will be hosting a fun day of live music, food from more than 40 unique vendors and drinks from the all-Queens Beer Garden with the Long Island City community at the popular market, located at  5-25 46th Ave., on Saturday, July 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

Money raised during the party will go toward The Secret Theatre, a local nonprofit cultural institution located at 44-02 23rd St.

To join the party, at the entrance of the Flea there will be a pack of two raffle tickets sold for $10, and each additional raffle ticket will be $5. A free beer from the Beer Garden is included with each ticket purchase, and visitors get a chance to win prizes. Partygoers are asked to meet up at the Beer Garden .

Entertainment for the day includes live music and a DJ, cornhole and kayaking on the East River.

A rain date for the party is set for the following day on Sunday, July 26.

To RSVP email your full name to party@boromag.com and for more information visit LICFlea.com or boromag.com.

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Get to know a local brewer at the LIC Flea this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Visitors to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend will have the chance to win a free Citi Bike membership while also getting to know more about a local brewery.

The popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be debuting the first event of its “Meet the Maker” series, where visitors will be able to get to know local breweries and speak with the makers behind the product.

This weekend, Finback Brewery will be taking over the LIC Flea Beer Garden and the beer makers, along with the brewery’s owner and founder, will be on hand to share their brewing process and what makes Finback beer unique. Seven different Finback beers will be available to try this weekend.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut, will also now be a place for interactive games. Stop by the beer garden and try your hand at games such as Jenga, Connect Four or even supersized chess.

Citi Bike will also be offering free memberships to some lucky shoppers at the market this weekend as it gets ready to soon make its debut in Queens. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the LIC Flea table and ask about how they can win.

Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Long Island City was supposed to be part of the Citi Bike’s initial phase, which debuted in 2013, but was pushed back after equipment damages from Superstorm Sandy caused a delay. Last October, the company announced that both LIC and Astoria would be part of a list of neighborhoods in the city that will be receiving the bike docking stations.

This weekend will also feature live music.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

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Astoria woman starts social media campaign to find beloved travel dinosaur ‘Walter’


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Tori Piper

One Astoria woman has turned to social media to find something that seems worthless but according to her has sentimental value.

The moment the sky over the Long Island City lit up with fireworks this weekend, Tori Piper’s heart sunk as she realized Walter, a dinosaur figurine that has been her travel companion for the past four years, was no longer with her.

Walter is a 3- to 4-inch-tall T. rex figure that was given to Piper as a present from a friend who knew of her love for dinosaurs. The Astoria resident has been collecting anything related to dinosaurs since she was a child.

During her first trip abroad to Russia during the winter Olympics, she decided to take Walter with her because he was small enough to travel with and helped her feel calm during the trip.

“It was my first time out of the country and I was really nervous. It was a whole new experience and I kind of needed a calming totem, something that I loved and could be with me. He was a little piece of home that was with me no matter what,” Piper said.

Since then, Walter and Piper have been inseparable, and Piper has even started an Instagram account documenting everywhere Walter has traveled. They have traveled to Russia, Ireland, and other parts of the United States, and the figurine even travels with Piper during her job in television and film.

“I can’t imagine traveling without him; I haven’t since I’ve had him,” Piper said. “When you travel you think, ‘Do I have my passport, the money that I need and my dinosaur?’ He is right there next to my passport.”

She even decided to take Walter along with her on July 4 to catch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the Long Island City waterfront. The last time she saw her beloved friend was at the LIC Flea & Food.

Once the fireworks started, Piper said she knew she had to get a photo with Walter, but she couldn’t find him. She tried to find him that day and even searched the area days after but still has had no success .

“I would have rather lost my phone or wallet,” Piper said. “You can’t replace him; he’s my little buddy.”

Piper added that a lot of people know how much Walter means to her and friends have started to spread the news on social media in hopes of finding the dinosaur. They have also been using the hashtag “#WheresWalter.” Piper said she hopes somebody picked Walter up and she is willing to trade another of her dinosaurs for him.

Walter is described as being light brown in color, 3 to 4 inches tall and the tip of his tail is broken off. Piper plans to head to the LIC Flea this weekend and also hand out fliers asking for help in finding him.

“Hopefully I’ll find him before that. I’m not stopping until he comes back,” she said.

If you have any information, email Piper at tori.piper@yahoo.com.

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