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Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios to pop up again this summer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Something is ready to pop up in Astoria this summer.

The organizers of the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which launched last year as the city’s first-ever backlot market, have announced that the market is expected to make its grand return.

The Astoria Flea, a partnership between the LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate from the studios’ outdoor lot, the first off its kind in the city.

This year, instead of running for a consecutive number of weeks, the Astoria Flea will be popping up at the studios’ lot on different dates.

Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, visitors will be welcomed by a 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

Visitors of all ages and from all over the city will be able to enjoy the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, fashion and much more.

Anyone looking to be a vendor at the Astoria Flea can apply at www.licflea.com.

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LIC Flea & Food named as one of amNewYork’s ‘Cool Things to do in NYC’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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If you want to be cool, you have to head to Long Island City this weekend.

The LIC Flea & Food has been picked as one of amNewYork’s 25 “Cool Things to do in NYC.”

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, was chosen by amNewYork editors as one of the coolest things to do in the five boroughs.

Visitors and fans of the flea market can vote for it as their favorite spot, up to three times a day, at amny.com/nyc25.

LIC Flea & Food offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines.

LIC Flea & Food will run 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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Zagat to set up voting booth at LIC Flea & Food


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Visitors to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend will have their voices heard and be able to win some money.

Zagat, known for its ratings of restaurants and nightlife, will be setting up a booth at the popular Long Island City market where visitors will have the chance to review their favorite New York restaurants and vote for the top LIC Flea vendors.

Voters will be rewarded with money to spend the same day at the flea market, and LIC Flea vendors who win most votes will be awarded with the title of Zagat Voters’ Choice at LIC Flea. For more information visit www.zagat.com/reviewNYC.

LIC Flea & Food is located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, and offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The LIC Flea is the only location to carry beer from all six breweries. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines.

LIC Flea & Food will run 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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LIC Flea & Food beer garden offers drinks from six Queens breweries


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the weather is expected to hit the 70s this weekend, what better way to cool down than with a cold drink from the LIC Flea Beer Garden?

The popular Long Island City flea market celebrated its opening weekend last week, filled with sunshine and visitors from near and far.

LIC Flea & Food is located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, and offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The LIC Flea is the only location to carry beer from all six breweries. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines.

LIC Flea & Food will run 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.

Applications from potential vendors for the new season are still being accepted by registering online at www.licflea.com.

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LIC Flea & Food celebrates grand reopening this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than to take a trip down to the LIC Flea & Food.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will kick off its third season on Saturday, April 11, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

“We are thrilled to kick off our third season of LIC Flea & Food bringing together amazing vendors and the community for both our outdoor season and indoor holiday market,” said LIC Flea & Food President Joshua Schneps. “We look forward to a great season ahead and offering a place for visitors to come for the day to enjoy the flea, the waterfront park, surrounding businesses and all that Long Island City has to offer.”

Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market will also have a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines.
LIC Flea & Food will run 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.

Applications from potential vendors for the new season are still being accepted by registering online at www.licflea.com.

Here’s the list of vendors that will be at the market for opening weekend:

As I See It
Bad Nana
Balance Center Harmony
Bao Shoppe (The)
Breads & Spreads, LLC
Bull Dog Burgery
Bundts NYC
Butcher Bar
CakeBox NYC
Catharsis Co.
Ceil Witherspoon
Cait’s Carnivores
Chuta Madre!
Creations by Cameca, LLC
Cris Pietro Designs
Curry Station
Czechout Jewelry
Damian Rivera
Drink More Good
East Coast Roast, Inc.
Emily Militano
Esta-Joy’s Kitchen
Hanks Juicy Beef
Heart & Soul Foods
Himalayan Collections (The)
House Project (The)
Jack ‘n Pack
Jessy’s Pastries
Jewelry by Anna Harper
Kati Shack
Khao Man Gai
Krista Stained Glass
Lady V’Second Time Around
Lizzmonade LLC
LodestarNYC Jewelry
Lucy & Leo
Luke’s Lobster
Lumpia Merienda
Miriam Vargas
Miroslava Palavicini Leather Belts
Mizudama
mmm enfes Turkish Food
Mountain Side Crafts
Nighthawk’s Kitchen
No Fork
Nomad Truck
Oconomi
Paris Images Screen Printing
Pickle Me Pete
PDA Planters
Queen Tut Creationz
Queens3
QueensPopPhoto
Rice and Chopsticks
Rita’s Water Ice
Roobrics
Sac’s Pizza Place
Sam’s Ice Cream
Sensational Sauces
Seoul Pancake
Siggy Parker’s General Store
Southern Wheel Eats
Steve Reid
StuffedNYC
SunsTruck
SupremeLuv
Tea n’ Milk
Tikka Pops
Ukuva iAfrica USA, INC.
Village Peddlers
Vivian Jewelry Corp
Volpe Vintage
We See Stars
Woops!
Yadviga -Candles
Yankee Doodle Dandys
Tik Kitchen
Toy Room Treasures
Yuyi Love Works

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LIC Flea & Food set to open for third season in April


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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.

Chuta Madre
chutamadre.com
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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
Etsy.com/AnnaHarper
jewelry@AnnaHarper.com
Instagram: @jewelrybyannaharper
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
facebook.com/CakeBoxNYC
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
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.

Lumpia Merienda
lumpiamerienda.com
facebook.com/lumpiamerienda
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.

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Last weekend at the LIC Flea Holiday Market


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Christmas is just a week away and although the LIC Flea Holiday Market will be coming to an end this weekend, there is still enough time to get your shopping done and snap a photo with Father Christmas.

This Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of the popular Long Island City market, which made its move to the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

The market features two floors of a mix of 60 vendors offering a selection of unique, local, handcrafted and vintage items. There are also two special boutique spots in the inner building. Shoppers will be able to find something for everyone on their lists just in time for the holidays.

Along with being able to find last minute presents, Santa Claus will again be at the LIC Flea market both Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the warehouse for free photos for children and those still young at heart.

The market will also be filled with live music, including a jazz performance by Dandy Wellington and His Band on Sunday.

Although the Long Island City holiday market is coming to an end, the outdoor season will begin again in April. Applications for vendors are wanted and to apply email info@licflea.com.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

Here are some vendors to check out this weekend at the popular indoor Long Island City holiday flea market.

1. Mee Beauty, HoneyGramz
www.meebeauty.com
www.honeygramz.com
Queens resident, Ruth Harrigan, turned her passion for beekeeping and launched HoneyGramz, an “edible greeting” in a 2 oz. honey bear. Each HoneyGramz contains 100 percent raw honey, which means it’s chock full of goodness created by honeybees. During the off season, Ruth began to blend honey into homemade lip balms and then Mee Beauty was born. “Mee” is “honey” in Chinese. It is a key ingredient in her skincare line. Honey is known to have three essential properties that are beneficial for the skin: As a natural humectant, it retains moisture; antibacterial quality inhibits bacterial growth; and an antioxidant, the ability to clean up oxygen free radicals that may damage cells. How sweet!

2. Razorday Print Photography
www.razorday.com
These are New York-based artists with the aim to provide beautiful art from New York and America. Be it just an ordinary fire hydrant or an incredible vintage automobile from the 1960s, they strive to produce thought provoking photography taken from a wide range of subject matter across New York and the USA. From Brooklyn, Harlem, Queens and Manhattan to Miami, Arizona and California. “The balance of Americana, popular culture, decay and commercial appeal is poetic.”

3. La Rosa Jewelry
www.larosajewelry.com
A jewelry designer orginally from Spain, this vendor has been living in Astoria for more than 20 years. Her inspiration comes from nature as she often takes walks and photographs birds, leaves, trees, seeds, etc. And those are the most present elements in La Rosa Jewelry. The style is varied, some pieces have a vintage flair while others are more glamorous.

4. Frittering Away
Frittering Away is a small batch, specialty lemonade company based out of LIC. They produce all natural, seasonal beverages with no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings or preservatives. Their lemonades are delicious on their own but make delicious cocktails also, perfect for the coming holiday season. Strawberry Basil Lemonade is Frittering Away’s signature drink. It is offered year round as there were near riots when it was taken off the menu. The combination of sweet/tart strawberries and slightly anise-y basil is addictive! Ginger Lemonade is made from fresh ginger and lots of it, steeped in lemon juice and sweetened with brown sugar to give it richness. Served hot it is spicy and comforting! Chai Pear Cider is winter in a glass! Warming sweet winter spices paired with earl grey tea serve as the base we then balance it with pear and apple cider and lemon juice. Delicious hot spiked with whisky! Mulled Pomegranate is a play on hot spiced wine or port so popular at holiday markets in Europe. They take the flavors of wine and port: pomegranate, cranberry and grape, to this they add roasted oranges, star anise, cinnamon and cloves. Robust and complex and completely satisfying.

5. Hanami Jewelry
www.hanamijewelry.com
“Designed by nature! We only help a little…”
Hanami Real Flower Jewelry is made of real, natural flowers. Each flower is carefully selected for originality, color and shape. It is then dried, preserved and covered with several coats of resin, to achieve a hard and durable finish. This process can take as much as one week for each flower. With proper care, their creations will last forever. It is nature that makes each piece of jewelry absolutely unique.There are never two alike.

6. Lady V Second Time Around Vintage Fashion Shop
www.v-lady.com
Visitors to Lady V Second Time Around Vintage Fashion Shop can participate in their holiday give-back program. For every $25 spent, Lady V will donate a professional jacket suitable for work and job interviews to a Queens-based charity helping women create financial stability.

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Countdown to Christmas at the flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Christmas is just around the corner, but there is still enough time to head down to the LIC Flea & Food and get a gift for everyone on your list.

Through Dec. 21, the popular Long Island City flea market, which made its move to the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, has two floors of a mix of 60 vendors offering a selection of unique, local, handcrafted and vintage items. There are also two special boutique spots in the inner building.

Along with finding gift ideas, Father Christmas will be at the LIC Flea Holiday Market for the remainder of the season. Every Saturday and Sunday, visitors can take free photos with Santa Claus on the second floor of the warehouse from 12 to 4 p.m.

The market will also be filled with live music every weekend, including jazz performances by Dandy Wellington and His Band.

This weekend, the LIC Flea will be partnering up with The Queens Courier to hold a toy drive. They will be collecting unwrapped toys for boys and girls, ages 5 to 10. If you want to help a good cause — and put a smile on a child’s face — bring a toy to the second floor of the holiday flea.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

Here are some vendors to check out the next time you visit the popular indoor Long Island City holiday flea market

1. Jewel Dripped
www.jeweldripped.com
Jewel Dripped offers an eclectic selection of handcrafted jewelry dripping with gemstones, pearls, vintage beads, sterling silver, rose gold, titanium and more. Astoria designer Kathy Baer aims for an aesthetic that is streamlined and edgy, but she often slips down the rabbit hole and whimsical designs emerge. Stop by to find something that resonates with your multifaceted personality.

2. JOY + NOELLE
www.joyandnoelle.com
JOY + NOELLE is a New York-based animation and design studio founded by Joy Buran and Noelle Melody, living and working in Astoria and Kingston, NY, respectively. They’re illustrators, animators and also twins. Their glass trays make lovely jewelry dishes, spoon rests, a place for your keys, glasses or tiny trinkets.

3. Black Dahlia
Black Dahlia Design is an event decor company specializing in weddings and special events. Whimsical, vintage and organic — yet elegant and sophisticated describes their style. Their pop-up shop at the LIC Flea Holiday Market is filled with succulents, terrariums and oddities.

4. chikittibag
www.chikittibag.com
chikittibag designs and sews bags using 100 percent U.S.-made materials — highest quality sourcing, fabric, dye and build. Bags are water resistant inside and out and sewn to be reliable and durable. The color will never rub off or bleed. The products are renewable, sustainable and vegan with value in every facet of build and as local as it gets.

5. Fiza Fashion
Deepti Chhatwal was born and brought up in India and has been working and designing since she was 17. Fiza Fashion deals in jewelry, scarves and bags with custom orders more than welcome, and everything is made in India. Everything is made by Indian women, helping their education and making them financially independent. “It was great to be part of LIC Flea the past season and [I’m] hoping to present new designs and patterns this season as well,” said Chhatwal.

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LIC Flea vendor to open natural tea shop in Astoria


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Photos courtesy of Tea and Milk

After looking around for the perfect spot to open their first shop, the owners of LIC Flea & Food vendor Tea and Milk have chosen Astoria, where they plan on opening their doors in January.

The decision to open shop in the western Queens neighborhood came after experiencing positive customer input during the LIC Flea & Food and Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios, according to Mathew Wong, one of the co-owners of Tea and Milk.

“This is it, we’re ready and we’re going to do it,” said Wong, who co-owns Tea and Milk with Wilson Ng and Kendy Ng. “Customers have been asking if we are going to open a storefront. We hear that and feel very proud and people have actually been pushing for it.”

On Dec. 2, Wong, along with his partners, signed the lease for a 400-square-foot shop on 34th Avenue, within the Kaufman Arts District.

The exact address is still being kept secret until construction is complete; however the group plans to hold a soft opening by the end of January.

“It feels amazing,” Wong said. “It’s good to be able to add to what Astoria already has. The variety is great and we want to contribute to it.”

At the shop, Tea and Milk plans to serve its customers artisan teas with a menu consisting of a wide range of unconventional teas that include aromatic flowers, fruits and bubbles. Wong emphasized that their teas are made with natural ingredients such a real fruits, chia seeds and real taro.

The shop, which will have seating for about 10 people, will also include coffee and pastries, and may have food from other chefs and vendors.

“The design won’t look like a typical tea shop,” Wong said. “We want people to stay.”

Between the soft opening and the grand opening, the group plans to test hours of operation, looking to open at 7 a.m. and close around 8 or 9 p.m.

According to Wong, in the next five years they would like to expand to have two or three more shops.

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Santa Claus comes to the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Santa Claus is coming to town this weekend at the LIC Flea & Food.

Father Christmas will be at the popular Long Island City flea market, which made its move to the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, starting this weekend and going through the rest of the season.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, there will be free pictures with Santa for all kids, and also those who are still children at heart.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market includes two floors of a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors and new faces. There are also two special boutique spots in the inner building. Shoppers will be able to find something for everyone on their lists just in time for the holidays.

The market will also be filled with music this weekend with DJ Johnny Seriuss spinning tunes on Saturday and Dandy Wellington and His Band performing on Sunday.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden also remains open on the second floor of the warehouse. The beer garden offers wine and beer selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company. Drink specials including $2 beer and $3 wine are available from 4 to 5 p.m.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

Here are some vendors to check out the next time you visit the popular indoor Long Island City flea market.

1. Art on Post-it Notes
www.jacksartonpostitnotes.com
Jack Maiorino has been using Post-it Notes as his art medium for the past 10 years. He draws from photos that he takes of images and locations he has visited. He has been commissioned to do portraits, pets and homes. He also creates tattoo designs. This is his first season exhibiting at the LIC market.

2. Originals by Yarn Painting
www.originalsbyyarnpaintings.com
Knitting became designer Kathleen Shanteau’s therapy while waiting through chemotherapy after her mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and after her mother’s passing. Felting led her on a journey of color, design and texture. Going green and converting material into awesome powerful colors and designs took her to what she calls her “Happy Place.” Doggie Shrugs were designed because her Morkies hated their legs in sweater sleeves. Now cozy in their shrugs, they hate to take them off!

3. Birdhouse Jewelry
www.birdhousejewelry.com
Since 2005 Birdhouse Jewelry has offered on-trend, well-made jewelry at great prices ranging from $15 to $50. Pieces include USA state charm necklaces, initials, and lots of delicate, simple silver and gold jewelry. The jewelry is perfect for giving as a gift — every purchase comes with free, cute gift boxing. Free shipping includes giftwrap and tracking.

4. Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers, LLC
www.facebook.com/casseyscookiesandcobblers
Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers LLC is based out of Long Island City’s Entrepreneur Space (E-space) kitchen located at 36-46 47th St. Established in August 2013, it was born of the proprietor’s lifelong love for baking. Cassey has been baking since she was 7 years old and has yet to put down the rolling pin. Those who have tasted the mouth-watering products on the ground floor know that her business will be around for a long time to come. America’s collective sweet tooth is in capable hands.

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Black Friday specials at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Even with Black Friday over, you’ll still have enough time to catch some amazing sales at the LIC Flea Holiday Market this weekend.

Many vendors at the popular Long Island City flea market, which made its move to the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be offering Black Friday deals on unique, handcrafted and curated items.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, the indoor holiday market will include two floors of a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors and new faces. There are also two special boutique spots in the inner building. Shoppers will be able to find something for everyone on their lists.

This weekend will be the last time shoppers can enter the LIC Flea Black Friday challenge. Those who show $100 or more worth of receipts from the LIC Flea from the month of November will have a chance to win $100 in Flea Bucks to be spent in December. See www.facebook.com/licflea for how to enter.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden also remains open on the second floor of the warehouse. The beer garden offers wine and beer selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company. Drink specials including $2 beer and $3 wine are available from 4 to 5 p.m.

There will be great events in the weekends to come such as Lego building, cupcake making, pictures with Santa Claus and much more.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

Here are some vendors to check out the next time you visit the popular indoor Long Island City flea market.

Lost Candor
www.lostcandor.com
Lost Candor specializes in curated handmade, vintage, one-of-a-kind accessories, women’s fashion, and home decor items from around the world for seekers of unique lifestyle essentials. Their mission is to bring exceptional items made with great skill and detail to their customers and their homes while also promoting intangible cultural heritage and preserving the craft of artisan communities. They seek out items from cultures with long traditions of quality, skilled craftsmanship, product integrity, aesthetics and intricate details.

Maggie & Moose
www.maggiemoose.com
www.etsy.com/shop/MaggieandMoose
Maggie & Moose creates handmade dog apparel and accessories, including reversible fleece coats, rain coats, T-shirts, leashes and collars. Much of their line is made by up-cycling and repurposing existing human clothing into dog apparel. For example, leashes and collars are made from men’s ties. Additionally, Maggie & Moose offers custom sizing, so each garment fits perfectly. They can also personalize each shirt by adding a dog’s name or cute phrase. Everything is handmade by owners Lauren and Maranda. One dollar of every sale is donated to dog rescue organizations. For all of November and December, the featured charity is Broadway Barks, founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore.

Krista Stained Glass
www.etsy.com/shop/KristaStainedGlass
Krista Stained Glass is an Astoria-based shop and is making its debut at the LIC Flea & Food this holiday season. This is a one-woman shop. Krista’s love of stained glass started at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows in Chicago leading her to take a class at Fredrick Stained Glass. She has been building stained glass items ever since.

Soul Socks
www.soul-socks.com
Launched in 2013, Soul Socks is quickly gaining traction with success both in stores and online. They make whimsical dress socks uniquely designed in New York and made of Peruvian Pima Cotton. Soul Socks started as a subscription sock club featured in The New York Times. They offer LIC visitors a fantastic deal of 1 sock for $10 or 3 for $25.

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Indoor fun at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The fun continues in Long Island City as the LIC Flea & Food has made its move indoors for its annual holiday market.

Since last weekend, the LIC Flea Holiday Market has been now located at the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, the indoor holiday market will include a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors with new faces offering local, handmade and uniquely curated items. Vendors will also be selling delicious treats and drinks. Shoppers will be able to find something for everyone on their list.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden also remains open, offering selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company. Drink specials including $2 beer and $3 wine is available from 4 to 5 p.m.

There will be great events in the weekends to come such as Lego building, cupcake making, pictures with Santa Claus and much more.

Shoppers can also enter the LIC Flea Black Friday challenge by stopping at the market and getting all their holiday shopping done before Dec. 1. Those who show $100 or more worth of receipts from the LIC Flea from November will have a chance to win $100 in Flea Bucks to be spent in the month of December. See www.facebook.com/licflea for how to enter.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Q&A: Modern Spaces CEO explains real estate in LIC


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Donna Dotan Photography Inc.

Eric Benaim founded real estate firm Modern Spaces in Long Island City in 2008, and within a handful of years led the explosion of residential interest in the neighborhood. Over the years, he expanded the company from LIC to Astoria, Manhattan and Brooklyn, and recently, Modern Spaces announced the launching of its commercial and investment property division, tapping into another side of the market.

In a question-and-answer session with The Courier, Benaim explained the current status of real estate in Long Island City and the transformation of the neighborhood.

Courier: How did you get inspired to start working in Long Island City?

Benaim: I guess I was always a Queens boy, and I started focusing in LIC back in 2005. I was a broker focusing mostly in Manhattan and at the time there were pretty much no brokers in the neighborhood over here, so I figured I would try to make this my niche. Just walking around you see the views of Manhattan, you see there’s a lot of potential over here and I stuck with it, and obviously it paid off. The neighborhood has changed dramatically since 2005.

Courier: Did you really think it [the transformation of LIC] would happen so quickly?

Benaim: No. Literally, from my window I see cranes everywhere, and it’s just crazy to see my skyline changing every day.

Courier: What is the real estate market in LIC like now?

Benaim: There is a lot of development. There was not that many condos being developed over the last couple of years, but condos are about to come back strong. We are seeing a lot of condo projects that are going to be coming online probably by first and second quarter of next year. And in regards to rental projects, a lot developers are doing stuff now whereas before it was predominately TF Cornerstone and Rockrose. now you are seeing a lot of big developers coming into the neighborhood that were never here before.

Courier: Why do you think there is a switch from rentals to condos?

Benaim: Because land prices have gone up a lot and when land prices go up so much it just doesn’t make sense to do a rental because the return on your investment does not really pay out. So it just makes more sense financially to do a condo rather than a rental. Rental projects that are coming along, these are projects sites that were acquired probably a year or more ago when land prices were a little more affordable than they are now.

Courier: Is LIC already a successful live, work and play community?

Benaim: I think [live, work, and play] has been established here. I remember when I first started showing clients around the neighborhood, there really wasn’t anything here. Not even a supermarket. Now we have three supermarkets already, and a fourth is opening up at the LINC, the Rockrose project in Court Square. There are a whole lot of restaurants— you know, restaurants open up here every week and now we are seeing more and more boutiques and stores opening up. Pretty much everything you need is here now. And regarding play, so we do have the bars and the night life now and LIC is a huge cultural destination. We have the LIC Arts Open, the Taste of LIC, MoMA PS1, the Chocolate Factory Theater and the LIC Flea. So there’s really a lot to do as well.

Courier: What has spurred you to go into the commercial side?

Benaim: We’ve done a little commercial these past few years, mostly like retail leasing. But a lot of our clients, whether it’s landlords who we’re doing their rentals for in walk-ups or if it’s a developer who we’re marketing their building or working with them, they never really came to us in the past, because they knew us as being residential brokers. So it was kind of like business that we lost out on. And it just seemed like the right time. Queens as a whole is in the spotlight right now and there’s not really a commercial company that can offer commercial services but still insight in the residential market.

Courier: What is the next neighborhood that has potential?

Benaim: We do see a lot of potential in Astoria, and other areas like Woodside, Sunnyside, Flushing and areas like Rego Park, where we just opened up a building called The Rego Modern. We rented 10 in the first open house [at The Rego Modern] and for high prices also, which they weren’t used to seeing. So that just shows that there is a lot of interest in Queens. Being a Queens boy myself it’s just nice to see that Queens is getting the spotlight that Brooklyn had stolen from us.

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Flea in full swing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Ping Pong Winners

Just days before the US Open kicked off, the competition was in full swing at the LIC Flea & Food.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, held its 2nd Annual LIC Flea & Food Ping Pong Open Tournament on Aug. 23.

Many contestants competed throughout the day and the overall winner was Japanese high-ranking table tennis player Kazuyuki Yokoyama, who also goes by Kaz. The runner-up of the tournament was Wolfgang Busch, who co-founded the Pink Pong Foundation New York Chapter in 2002 in Brooklyn to promote table tennis, fitness and health in the LGBT community.

The winners were given Flea Bucks to use at the market and also took home bragging rights.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be back on Sundays starting the following weekend and run through the end of October.This Sunday, Aug. 31, in Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be celebrating its final day of the summer at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

Visitors to the Astoria Flea will enjoy a beach theme Sunday with kiddie pools and games spread throughout the market.

Since May, the flea market has offered the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more. Initially the Astoria Flea was expected to run for only eight consecutive Sundays.

The market will be open this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.For more information visit www.licflea.com.

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Successful charity auction at LIC Flea, Ping Pong Open this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File Photo

The LIC Flea & Food saw great success this past weekend as the LIC Flea Charity Auction raised $1,000 for autistic and developmentally challenged children in Queens.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, held a charity auction on Aug. 16 with the duo known as The Locker Rockers and auctioneer John Luke of A&E’s “Storage Wars: New York.”

The Locker Rockers are made up of Cary “The Flipper” Zimbler and Thomas “The Nose” Preston. Just like in “Storage Wars,” the duo finds units that are being foreclosed or seized and they bid to win the contents of the storage containers. The duo currently has storage facilities of their own with items such as jewelry, furniture, sports memorabilia and antiques.
Auctioneer John Luke, born and raised in North Harlem, has been in the auction business for 15 years.

During the charity auction, the group auctioned off vintage and unique items they have found in storage lockers and also items furnished and donated by LIC Flea vendors Frittering Away, Jewel Dripped, Fiza Fashion, C3Brix, Bazaar à GoGo, Imran Jewels, A Spoonful of Brownies, Drink More Good, Razor Day, Queens Pop Photo and The Locker Rockers.

They were able to help raise $1,000 which will all go to support Life’s WORC, a private, nonprofit organization offering care for people with developmental disabilities in Queens and Long Island.

This upcoming Saturday, Aug. 23, the LIC Flea & Food will be holding its 2nd Annual Ping Pong Open just days before the US Open launches in Queens. Winners will get great prizes and bragging rights. To sign up click here.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be back on Sundays starting in September.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will only be open for two more Sundays at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.
The flea market offers the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more.

Initially the Astoria Flea was expected to run for only eight consecutive Sundays starting in May, but it now will stay open until Aug. 31.

The market is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This weekend Astoria native DJ Johnny Seriuss will be spinning tunes once again at both flea markets.

 

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