Although winter might still be hanging on for a few more weeks, a sign of warmer times has finally shown up as the third season of the outdoor LIC Flea & Food is set to open in April.
The popular Long Island City flea market, located at outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will make its grand re-opening on Saturday, April 11.
Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, hand-crafted jewelry and fashion, and much more. Visitors will be able to enjoy a lineup of returning LIC Flea favorites and also bring brand-new faces coming to the market.
LIC Flea allows shoppers to find unique vintage finds and also have the opportunity to meet curators and crafters — which make the flea market a one-of-a-kind place to shop and find everything you need.
“We’re thrilled to be kicking off the third season of LIC Flea & Food,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “We have an awesome lineup of vendors from past seasons and many exciting new vendors.”
Some new food vendors include Lumpia Merienda, Chuta Madre and CakeBox NYC. Other new vendors are Anna Harper Jewelry and Queens³.
Returning favorites are Butcher Bar, Tea & Milk, Vivian Jewelry and Paris Images.
LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6 p.m., through the end of October.
Potential vendors whose dreams have been to sell their product at the LIC Flea still have time to apply to the market. Applications are being accepted for the new season by registering online at www.licflea.com.
Here are some new LIC Flea & Food vendors to check out during opening weekend.
Instagram and Twitter: @chutamadrenyc
Chuta Madre is a traditional Ecuadorian sanducheria crafting authentic homemade pork and turkey sandwiches. Their sandwiches are marinated with a unique blend of spices that bring the mouth-watering taste of South America to Long Island City. The process of slowly cooking the meat gives the sandwiches the perfect tenderness. Starting this business has always been a passion for the owners, who are excited to bring to the public homemade street fare and other tasty menu items.
Anna Harper Jewelry
Anna Harper Jewelry handcrafts heirloom quality designs in recycled metals. Copper, sterling silver, fine silver and 24-karat gold jewelry, designed in classic and modern styles. All stones are responsibly resourced. Each piece is designed with the environment in mind, using old world techniques instead of modern mass production. Custom orders gladly accepted.
CakeBox NYC is a concept deliberately spurned out of the simple desire to fulfill your sweet tooth. Their diverse array of unique Tres Leches cakes embrace the melting pot of ethnic backgrounds that have been the staple of New York City. CakeBox NYC will leave you salivating for more. “Life Is Too Short, Eat Dessert First!”
Queens³ specializes in one-of-a-kind hand-crafted sewn goods. Each product is lovingly designed and carefully constructed by its two owners, Jer and Brady. “We’re just two queens in Queens that love to sew,” said the owners. They offer unique pillows, tote bags and pet beds made from vintage and designer fabrics. Find them on social media and Etsy @queenscubed.
Instagram and Twitter: @LumpiaMerienda
Lumpia Merienda started with a mother’s Filipino eggrolls, or “lumpias,” and the voracious appetites that gathered around the poker table every Friday night. Four friends are now bringing these addictive and crispy snacks to the masses for the first time at LIC Flea & Food, where they will fry up savory, sweet and vegetarian versions.