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Spring is springing: 6 things to do this Sunday in Long Island City


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LIC things to do

Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to offer the following tips for explorers considering living in Long Island City.

Come to our Rental Open House at The Fusion
42-51 Hunter St.
2:45 to 3:45 pm

Loft-like living with deluxe finishing touches is yours at the Fusion. This 1,240-square-foot 2BR/2Bath is within eye-shot and minutes of mid-town Manhattan –N,Q,R,E,M,F,G and 7 trains get you everywhere!

And then you can…

Have brunch at LIC Market
21-52 44th Dr.
(Just west of 23rd Street)
Brunch: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hit the LIC Flea

5-25 46th Ave.
(Outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Photo by  Dominick Totino Photography) 

Visit MoMA PS1

 22-25 Jackson Ave.
(At the intersection of 46th Ave.)
King Britt presents MOONDANCE, A Night in the AfroFuture
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Walk along the East River at Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Rd.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Take in the Whitewash 5Pointz exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery


21-37 45th Rd.
12 to 6 p.m.

Want to know more about living in LIC?  Ask a local.  Email Michael@warrenlewis.com

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LIC Flea 2014 season kicks off this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Figueroa and Jessi Jungblut

The 2014 season of LIC Flea & Food is set to begin this weekend.

The popular Long Island City flea market will celebrate its grand opening for the season on Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6, at the same outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

Along with many LIC Flea favorites and new faces bringing visitors a wide variety of foods and other items, opening weekend is expected to even have something for the soccer fans.

The New York Cosmos soccer team, who start their season against Atlanta on April 13 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, will be on site to bring activities for kids and families. The Cosmos truck will be at the LIC Flea with an inflatable kicking game for children, along with merchandise and tickets available for sale.

Fans will also be able to meet the New York Cosmos Girls both days and Cosmos players will be present Sunday to sign autographs.

Opening weekend will also introduce visitors to brand new vendors like Jennifer Figueroa of Mounted Paper. The Astoria artist, who opened her online shop on Etsy.com in January, will be at the flea market every Sunday selling handmade papier-mâché sculptures.

“I thought [LIC Flea] was cool and I wanted to be a part of it,” Figueroa said. “I’m really excited to show my items in person to engage with the community and get some feedback. I’m kind of nervous but super excited.”

Another new vendor is Jessi Jungblut of Paradox Thrift Shop, who will be selling items from a hand-selected collection featuring vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags, clutches, wallets and much more. She will be at LIC Flea both Saturday and Sunday during opening weekend, but throughout the season will be there only on Saturdays.

“I heard a lot of great things, a lot of buzz about the flea market,” Jungblut said. “I can just tell it captures a community and it’s just a nice spirit feel of a flea market, which tends to be lost in other flea markets. I’m excited to get my physical presence out there and I think it will be fun with the community.”

Other new vendors include Kimchi SmokeRobicelli’s, Sara Jenny Fries, King of Falafel & Shawarma, Grateful Bread Company, Vintage-Dealers Choice Jewelry and Nyan Soaps.

One returning LIC Flea favorite is Tea+Milk, which will be serving customers artisan teas. Tea+Milk’s menu is comprised of a wide range of unconventional teas that include aromatic flowers, fruits and bubbles.

Some more returning vendors include The Nomad Truck, An Artistic Taste, Bill’s Balls, Vint & York, Oconomi, Imran Jewels, Vivian Jewelry, Luke’s Lobster, Jam Jar NY, J&L Farms, and vintage items and vintage-inspired original designs by 1926.

LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

 

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Last weekend for the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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It’s not too late to take a trip down to the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market and pick up your last minute holiday gifts for friends and family. And while you’re there, try the world of different foods and take part in hands-on activities.

Thousands of visitors from near and far have visited the Holiday Market inside the warehouse, located at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. It is connected to the original lot, where this summer’s outdoor LIC Flea was held.

The Market features over 80 vendors selling something for everyone on your Christmas list.
New vendors rotate in every day, including at this weekend’s Market.

Along with the collection of unique vendors, LIC Flea also presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, who will be performing live at the market on Sunday. Inspired by the Jazz Age’s Big Band Era, Dandy Wellington has taken the sounds of the 1930s and 40s and created a world of well-dressed music.
JIB Lanes also provides a real bowling alley where visitors can try their hand. And, for soccer fans, the New York Cosmos has professional players signing autographs and offering soccer activities.

After all of the different activities, when you need refreshments, the LIC Flea features a bar, built specially for the Holiday Market and made of wood from the warehouse. The bar serves beer, wine and holiday cocktails.

Filled with the holiday spirit, children can line up to take pictures with Santa Claus. Saint Nick will be back this weekend from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The site is walking distance from the No. 7, E and G trains, and the LIC East River Ferry stop. It can also be accessed directly from Gantry Park’s walkway, along Anable Basin. A parking garage is available on 5th Street.

LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market will be open Saturday, December 21, and Sunday, December 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.licflea.com.

So, bundle up and go enjoy some unique food, music, fun activities and fill up on holiday presents.

 

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LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market: One-stop shopping and family fun


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market kicked off the season with a successful weekend full of holiday fun, as people shopped for friends and family, while indulging in food from all over the world.

Thousands of visitors, from near and far, came to the Holiday Market inside the warehouse, located at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. It is connected to the original lot, where last summer’s outdoor LIC Flea was held.

“We were thrilled to welcome thousands of shoppers to take advantage of local vendors selling holiday gifts and food at the Long Island City Holiday Market,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “We look forward to the next two weeks. We offer one place to find a special gift for anyone in your life and it is a fun destination for the family.”

Many of LIC Flea’s favorite vendors made a return, along with some fresh new faces, totaling more than 75 unique vendors per day.

Kazuko Nagao, owner of LIC Flea vendor Oconomi who participated in the outdoor LIC Flea, said she saw a lot of regular customers return to the market — and also a large number of new visitors.

“We started off the holiday market really well. It was fantastic,” said Nagao, who will be serving Oconomiyaki, Japanese vegetable pancakes, both Saturday and Sunday. “A lot of people really liked the setup of the flea market because it is very spacious. I got a lot of good feedback from the customers.”

Another LIC Flea returning vendor is Clean Plate, owned by Chimere Ward, who will be serving a savory crab bread pudding and a smoked Buddha mac and cheese both days.

“It went very well. It was a lot of excitement,” said Ward. “The kids and adults had a great time and the vendors had a great time too.”

Vint and York Eyewear, founded by Dmitriy Israel and Larisa Ginzburg, also made an LIC Flea comeback selling vintage inspired eyewear with a modern twist.

“It was great because we got to see our existing customers and we gained some new ones,” said Ginzburg. “We saw the atmosphere was very warm and inviting, it was great.”

A brand new face who joined the LIC Flea family this holiday season is Drink More Good, founded by Jason Schuler, who will be at the market both Saturday and Sunday. This vendor is selling three different flavored soda syrups, in order to create “better-for-you soda,” or flavored seltzer.

“It was a really great experience for us,” said Schuler. “Just a really festive environment. People just seemed genuinely interested in what the local vendors had to offer.”

Schuler said he plans on being a part of the LIC Flea outdoor market, opening again in April.

Along with the array of unique vendors, LIC Flea also presented Dandy Wellington and His Band, who performed live at the market on Sunday. Inspired by the Big Band Era of jazz, Dandy Wellington has taken the sounds of the 1930s and 40s and created a world of well-dressed music.

JIB Lanes also provided a real bowling alley where visitors could try their best hand at getting a strike. For soccer fans, the New York Cosmos had professional players signing autographs and offering soccer activities. Other players are also expected to come down to the Flea.

After all of the different activities, when you need refreshments, the LIC Flea now features a bar, built specially for the Holiday Market and made of wood from the warehouse. The bar serves beer, wine and holiday cocktails.

Filled with the holiday spirit, hundreds of children lined up to take their pictures with Santa Claus. Saint Nick will be back this upcoming weekend from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The site is walking distance from the No. 7, E and G trains, and the LIC East River Ferry stop. It can also be accessed directly from Gantry Park’s walkway, along Anable Basin. A parking garage is available on 5th Street.

LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market will be open December 14, 15, 21, and 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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LIC Flea a boon to the community; comes back April 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Since LIC Flea & Food opened five months ago, it saw weekends filled with growing amounts of success as family, friends and people from all over New York made their way to Long Island City and made the market their weekend destination.

The outdoor market kicked off on June 15 and since then has offered the community quick access to public transportation, a wide variety of vendors and economic growth in the growing community.

“I’m so grateful to all the amazing vendors that took part in the first season of LIC Flea & Food,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “The participation of the vendors is what made LIC Flea so special. We were fortunate to be embraced by the community and have thousands of people discover and enjoy the neighborhood.”

Since its inaugural weekend, residents and visitors from near and far have been able to enjoy unique vendors selling food from around the world, including “designer” delicious chocolates, pizza right out of a portable oven, marshmallows of every flavor and unique popcorn. LIC Flea has also featured antiques, artists’ works, vintage clothing, costume jewelry and more for the family.

“When I heard about the Flea, I was really excited because finally Queens had a flea market,” said Kazuko Nagao, owner of LIC Flea vendor Oconomi, who regularly serves Oconomiyaki, Japanese vegetable pancakes. “It’s kind of sad it’s coming to an end but we’re definitely excited to come back.”

Throughout the months LIC Flea has celebrated Japanese heritage, welcomed the Big Apple Circus, HGTV’s show “Flea Market Flip,” a Charming Child Contest, a pumpkin patch straight from the farm, our furry four-legged friends were invited for an early Halloween costume contest and visitors were also able to take free kayak trips at the Anable Basin right next to the market.

During LIC Flea’s last weekend, which was on October 26 and 27, visitors were able to participate in a workout during CrossFit Long Island City’s Barbells for Boobs fundraiser, raising money for Barbells for Boobs, a nonprofit breast cancer organization. LIC Flea also held a bar crawl through the neighborhood offering $1 half pint beers at certain locations.

And since LIC Flea brought in people from all around the borough and the city, local business have also been positively impacted as new customers made their way through the neighborhood as well.

“It both brought attention from people that lived in the neighborhood to come out and do something they normally do, but also brought people from all over the place,” said Marcus Burnett, co-owner of Rockaway Brewery, located across the street from the market on 46-01 5th Street. Burnett said he saw a 50 percent increase in sales during the summer. “It has been a big increase in business because of it. It was a good vibe.”

LIC Flea will back in Long Island City in mid April 2014.

“We were fortunate to be embraced by the community and have thousands of people discover and enjoy the neighborhood,” said Schneps. “The first year was a great way for us to create a following and we look forward to the upcoming season.”

LIC Flea & Food is within walking distance from the No. 7 train and East River Ferry LIC/Hunters Point stop. Riders can also transfer from the N and Q lines at Queens Plaza to connect to the No. 7 train.

LIC Flea is already looking for new vendors with unique and high quality hand crafted items, vintage items, artisan items and as well as fantastic food to participate in next year’s market. Applications can be completed at www.licflea.com.

 

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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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