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LIC Flea’s final weekend this season: Give back, get fit, have fun


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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It has been five months since LIC Flea & Food opened and with every weekend filled with growing amounts of success, there is still one more chance to make it your weekend destination.

The last two days of this year’s LIC Flea will be on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City.

On Saturday, CrossFit Long Island City will be hosting the Barbells for Boobs fundraiser at the LIC Flea from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barbells for Boobs is a nonprofit breast cancer organization founded by Zionna Munoz in 2009, after her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Its mission is to offer funding through the Mammograms In Action Grant Program for qualified low-income men and women who need screening and/or diagnostic procedures. Fundraisers are now held at different CrossFit locations throughout the country. Munoz will attend the LIC Flea CrossFit workout. During the event, participants will take part in a CrossFit workout known as “Grace,” where men and women perform benchmark exercises known as Clean and Jerks. Coaches will be available to assist anyone new to the CrossFit routine.

“[In CrossFit] we help each other and rise to the occasion,” said Vadim Noskov, CrossFit LIC owner and head coach. “Cancer is such a thing that there is not a single family in the world that isn’t affected by it.”

In order to participate, visit crossfitlic.com, where you can make a donation and then reserve your spot in one of the “heats,” taking place every 30 minutes on Saturday. You can also donate at http://fundraise.barbellsforboobs.org/fundraise/team?ftid=24844 or onsite at the LIC Flea.

“It’s helping a great cause and will also bring our community a little bit closer,” said Noskov.

On Sunday , LIC Flea will hold a bar crawl through Long Island City offering $1 half pint beers at Rockaway Brewery, Alewife, Open Door and a few other locations. In order to participate, you must come by LIC Flea and pick up a wristband.

LIC Flea will be open this weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will back in Long Island City in April, 2014.

So come on down to LIC Flea & Food this weekend to explore vendors, give back while getting a CrossFit workout and enjoy some Sunday drinks with family and friends.

For its final 2013 weekend, LIC Flea will be hosting a fundraiser and bar crawl.

 

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Family fun at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Good news – LIC Flea is the place to be for families.

On Sunday, September 22, 40 children participated in the LIC Flea’s Charming Child Contest. The children, ages 0 to 12, were photographed by professional photographer and LIC Flea vendor Kirill Poliakov.

Some parents heard about the contest through The Queens Courier, while others found out about it while making their usual weekend stop at LIC Flea.

“We came out of curiosity and I think she’s really cute,” said Carlos Juarez from Flushing, who brought his 17-month-year-old daughter Camila.

Johnnie Actión from Middle Village stopped by the photo shoot tent with his four-year-old son Taitgh, who was not nervous to face the camera.

“He loves to be out and about,” said Actión. “He’s a real city boy.”

And while most parents made the decision to bring their kids to get their photo taken, in five-year-old Vincent’s case, the chance of winning a Mercedes kids car beat out his usual shyness of the camera.

“He saw the car, it was one of the prizes he wanted to win,” said Anna Voisard, Vincent’s mom, whose 19-month-year-old daughter Lina also joined the contest. “He normally doesn’t have his photo taken, but if there’s a payoff, it’s different.”

A group of judges will select the winners from three age categories, 0 to3, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12.

The winners, announced and awarded on Sunday, September 29, will have a chance to be featured in The Queens Courier and LIC Courier Magazine, as well as many other prizes.

Prizes are donated by Silver Star Mercedes, LIC YMCA, LIC Kids, Rummage 718, Raising Astoria, Tiny You and LIC Flea Market.

With last week’s contest such a big success, LIC Flea will continue the contest this weekend with more chances to win LIC Flea bucks and other prizes.

Also, with Halloween just around the corner, LIC Flea is getting ready for the spooktacular holiday by bringing in its own pumpkin patch starting this weekend.

Thanks to Louis and Harold DeLucia, Home Grown — an entity of Flea vendor JL Farms – will be bringing the season to you!

With a variety of pumpkins – of all shapes and sizes – as well as hay bales and even corn stalks, Louis said “it’s an opportunity for families to save a trip and an opportunity for kids to have a pumpkin picking experience right in LIC.”

With all produce, fruit and flowers raised locally, in Monroe Township, NJ, Louis said Home Grown’s motto is “from our farm to your table.”

The pumpkin patch will be located at the LIC Flea, 5-25 46th Avenue through October.

 

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LIC Flea’s first Ping Pong Open a success


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Tricia Reed

The ping pong balls were bouncing back and forth this past weekend as LIC Flea & Food hosted its first Ping Pong Open.

On August 24 and 25, 50 people took part in the free table tennis tournament, making it a huge success and fun-filled weekend.

Patrick Geraghty, 36, from Sunnyside became the first champion of the Ping Pong Open.

Yet, according to his fiancée and LIC Flea vendor Tricia Reed, of Reed Chic Boutique, this wasn’t his first time holding a paddle. As a teenager, Geraghty played on the national ping pong team in Ireland before coming to the United States.

“I hadn’t played properly in a long time,” said Geraghty. “It was good to get back to it.”

After seeing the LIC Flea newsletter promoting the tournament, Reed told Geraghty to participate and after 20 years of being away from the table, he decided to play once again.

“He was excited. I was excited to see him play because I had never seen him play,” said Reed. “Everyone was talking about his serve.”

Geraghty took home two tickets to the US Open, which Reed said they used to attend an August 27 tennis match, a $25 TD Bank gift card and $60 to spend at LIC Flea.

LIC Flea & Food is located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October and will be open Labor Day weekend.

 

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LIC Flea voted a favorite in NYC


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

As it makes its way into its second month of success, LIC Flea & Food continues to create unforgettable weekends for residents and visitors – and recently received great recognition in the city.

On August 7, Metro newspaper named three of their favorite markets in New York that combine food with shopping for clothing, accessories and much more. Metro chose LIC Flea as its favorite market in New York City.

“I’m thrilled that the market was recognized by Metro,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “LIC Flea & Food has the absolute best vendors and they are what makes the market so fantastic. Long Island City is an amazing community and the market is in the heart of the neighborhood.”

Metro highlighted LIC Flea’s large range of different foods, representing the diversity of the borough, weekend DJs, and variety of hand-made jewelry, clothing, accessories, home décor and art from local artists.

“LIC Flea is a great destination to enjoy and take the family,” said Schneps. “The market has anything you want from food to antiques to furniture, jewelry, fashion and many things for you to discover.”

To check out Metro’s list of favorite flea market, you can visit www.metro.us.

Continuing to wow the borough, LIC Flea will host its first Ping Pong Open on August 24 and 25.

The table tennis tournament will be free to enter and participants can register when they go to shop at the LIC Flea.

Prizes will include two tickets to the U.S. Open, which will begin at August 26 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, a 30 day fitness membership to CityView Racquet Club and $100 to spend at LIC Flea.

There will also be face painting by Frankie’s Carnival Time.

LIC Flea & Food is located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m through the end of October and will be opened Labor Day weekend.

 

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Visit Ricky’s NYC, a pop-up at the Flea


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Ricky’s NYC, the one-stop super store for everything Halloween and beauty for the past 24 years, is giving vendors at the LIC Flea & Food Bazaar a chance to shine while also showing visitors what they can find at its numerous sites.

Richard Parrott, president of Ricky’s and a Long Island City resident, has set up a pop-up shop at LIC Flea to promote the business, along with giving potential customers a taste of the many products for sale through coupons and samples

Ricky’s will be opening a temporary Halloween store in Long Island City located at 5-27 50th Avenue.

Parrott said he has also taken to the streets to look for talent in fashion, accessories and jewelry to feature at Ricky’s. He has worked with local vendors, like Deep Cuts, which sold custom tote bags at the market, by giving them some space in select stores.

“I’m looking for new talent and trying to find local New York artists,” said Parrott. “There is more talent out there on the streets, more than there ever has been.”

He hopes showcasing these local artists and talent will help them establish brands and promote their products.

At the LIC Flea, Ricky’s also showcases costumes and other items that are popular at the stores.

“We’re opening the dialogue between the consumer and Ricky’s,” said Parrott. “People just aren’t going into stores unless they know what they are looking for and if they don’t know what you have, we have to educate them.”

Parrott hopes to continue being a part of the LIC Flea, educating visitors about Ricky’s, finding new talent and giving back to his community.

“I made a commitment to Queens. I’m going to provide as much of my company support as I can,” said Parrott. “I think it’s a great thing for Queens, it’s a great thing for Long Island City.”

 

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LIC Flea to offer carnival fun, free yoga and more this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

A carnival, free yoga and a luxurious giveaway are each making their way down to the LIC Flea & International Food Bazaar this weekend.

Frankie’s Carnival Time is bringing carnival fun for the whole family on Saturday and Sunday at LIC Flea with games, prizes and a chance to try out your putting skills.

For the early birds looking for that morning stretch, the Yoga Room is presenting a free yoga session on Sunday, August 10 at 11 a.m.

While enjoying all the different vendors and activities at LIC Flea this weekend, there will also be a top giveaway prize of a Harrah’s Resort Party Package which includes luxury accommodations, VIP entry into Atlantic City’s The Pool After Dark and credit to use at one of Harrah’s Resort’s eight restaurants.

So whether you are looking to enjoy some carnival activities, stretch out all the weekday stress, try your luck or just have a relaxing weekend with family and friends, head down to the LIC Flea.

LIC Flea & International Food Bazaar is located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City and is opened every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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LIC Flea set to be reality TV star


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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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Free music streaming service Songza has the beat for LIC Flea


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Photo courtesy of Songza

Whether you are working out at the gym or checking out the new LIC Flea in Long Island City, Songza has the right playlist for you.

Based in LIC, Songza is a free music streaming service that delivers the listener the right music at the right time through the biggest library of expertly-curated playlists via Android, iPod, iPad or PC. All the playlists are handpicked by music experts and DJs.

“We’ve always been keen in figuring out the best way to help people discover music,” said Eric Davich, Songza co-founder. “Music is something that people consume as a lifestyle enhancement. It’s not something people consume as a product.”

The music on the playlists on Songza, which on average feature 60 to 80 songs, are personalized to each listener based on implicit behavior, like pressing thumbs up or down to a song, or explicit behavior, such as when you listen to certain music. Songza takes into account data such as time of day, time of week and the device you are using to recommend playlists based on the specific moment.

“It would get you to the right music that would change your mood based on context and be able to evolve and stay fresh,” said Davich.

Songza, which now provides music in the United States and Canada, offered the music for opening day of the LIC Flea & International Food Bazaar featuring a fun mix of new summer tracks and mixing by DJ Jilly Hendrix and DJ Whitney Day.

“I’ve been to a lot of flea markets in my neighborhood, but I’ve never DJed at something like this before,” said Day, who just started working for Songza as a playlist curator. “It’s a rare occasion for DJs to set up their equipment outside. I’m always excited to play outside.”

A playlist is now featured on Songza just for the LIC Flea. It includes both crowd-pleasing pop songs and unknown emerging artists. The Songza headquarters will also be moving right next to the lot LIC Flea calls home.

“It will evolve as the Flea evolves and as more DJs play at the Flea,” said Davich. “We’re really excited it’s right in our backyard. It’s a really great event.”

To find your perfect playlist, visit www.songza.com or download the Songza app to your device.

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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