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French Louisiana 1682

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Photos by Bradley Hawks


What do you do when an outrageously popular national doughnut chain opens across the street from your N’awlins-inspired café? Do you keep selling powdered-sugar-dusted beignets and steaming mugs of java? Or do you incorporate the arsenal of skills you know best to rename and rebrand the café into a full-service restaurant? That is precisely what owners Mina and Jimi did at Cranky’s, the popular café in Long Island City.

Now harboring the moniker “1682 French Louisiana,” the new incarnation boasts all of the old favorites, alongside a full menu of classic New Orleans and traditional French dishes. As the website explains, “The restaurant style came naturally as both Mina, a Paris native, and Jimi, a film aficionado, have had a long-term love affair with the beautiful, unique flavors of French- and Cajun-style food. They describe the French Quarter in New Orleans as walking into a movie, a place that is unlike anywhere else. It is that atmosphere that welcomes you as you enter 1682 French Louisiana. Leave New York City at the doorstep and enter New Orleans.”

Dinner service begins with a complimentary basket of peeled sweet potato skins that have been deep fried. They make an irresistibly addictive snack, especially with the herbed aioli served on the side.

Actually, many of the dishes served on the side or as small plates were some of the stars of the show at this little Louisiana kitchen. Take, for instance, the cornmeal-crusted fried chicken. The distinctively southern coating of crispy cornmeal served the perfect crunch for the juicy legs and thighs. But the slab of jalapeño cornbread hugging its side was literally dripping with melting butter, and disappeared quicker than Paula Dean can apologize.

When it comes to macaroni and cheese, few versions rival my own grandma’s quite as seriously. A luxurious béchamel coats traditional elbows of macaroni, which are then buried under a generous bubbling blend of three melted cheeses flowing over the edge of the dish. Nothing makes me feel like a kid again like a warm strand of cheddar stretching from the plate to my fork.

Cajun hush puppies arrive with a kiss of honey. Salads come topped with roasted beets or grass-fed angus beef. And come before 11 a.m. if you want to taste those beignets. Weekend brunch harbors a handful of unique additions, including croques monsieur and madame, eggs benedict, and pancakes with bananas foster or blueberry ricotta mascarpone. From po’ boys and olive-kissed muffaletta to Creole-style barbecue, seafood and chorizo gumbo, and a classic coq au vin, the menu holds a little something for everybody.

“I really felt we had to rebrand to let people know that we truly are a full restaurant now,” smiles Mina as a group of twenty enter from a nearby film studio, and she rushes to push tables together. “In this business, you have to be ready for anything.”

1682 French Louisiana
48-19 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.



Astoria Flea gets ready to launch

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With the LIC Flea & Food on a roll in Long Island City, a brand-new market is just about to set forth on a new adventure in Astoria.

The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The new market, which was announced two months ago, will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

The market will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends, and the Museum of the Moving Image is working together with Astoria Flea in offering a buy one, get one free deal on tickets for the museum.

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

The market, which is within walking distance from the M, R, N and Q train lines, is expected to act as an incubator to help promote and foster businesses along with the surrounding community.

Last month, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

Vendors can apply to sell at the Astoria Flea at www.LICFlea.com. Updates are available through Facebook at www.facebook.com/AstoriaFlea and Twitter at @AstoriaFlea.





Found Footage Festival marks 10 years of laughs and VHS finds

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Photos courtesy of Nick Prueher

What began as a way to fight boredom in their small Wisconsin town more than two decades ago has turned into a full-time comedy career for Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett.

The long-time friends, now 38, started scouring second-hand stores for humorous and strange VHS finds as teens in 1991.

Among their early discoveries were a McDonald’s training tape and a Mr. T video for kids.

They started collecting more videos and holding screenings in Prueher’s parents’ living room.

In 2004, they transformed the pastime into the Found Footage Festival.

“The show hasn’t evolved much since the days in my parents’ living room,” said Prueher, a 15-year Long Island City resident.

They have amassed a collection of 5,000 tapes, found in thrift stores, garage sales and trashcans and around the country, which they keep in an LIC storage facility that is roughly the size of a “large living room.”

In their live shows, the comedy duo screen their latest VHS finds while providing commentary and “where-are-they-now” updates on the people in the tapes.

They are currently on a 120-city tour and will be celebrating the Found Footage Festival’s 10th anniversary this month.

“It was just an inside joke to us,” Prueher said of their beginnings. “What surprises us is that people continue to find this as funny as we do.”

The Found Footage Festival proved to be so successful that it became their full-time gig five years ago.

Prueher and Pickett make money from an old form of video despite living in the digital age, but they have also used the power of YouTube to grow their popularity.

A few years ago, they fooled their way onto several Midwest morning shows with a yo-yo expert called Kenny Strasser, played by their friend Mark Proksch. Videos of the appearances went viral online.

The men pulled off a similar prank again this past Thanksgiving. They faked their way onto more Midwest morning shows, with Prueher playing a leftovers expert named Chef Keith Guerke. His fake book, “Leftovers Right: Make a Winner of Last Night’s Dinner,” included recipes such as a mashed potato ice cream cone.

They held off posting the video until right before their tour started in early March. Prueher said he expected it to receive some hits, but didn’t imagine it would get 2 million views within 24 hours.

“We have ideas for the next one,” he said. “But we have to wait because everyone is on high alert now.”

The Found Footage Festival will be in Brooklyn on April 25 and in Manhattan on April 26. For tickets and more info, click here.



Easter fun at LIC Flea this weekend

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Photos by Bradley Hawks

The LIC Flea & Food is hopping with Easter fun this weekend.

The popular  Long Island City market is on its third successful weekend and continues to bring visitors a wide array of items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

The past two weekends have seen many new faces of both vendors and visitors as the spring weather continues to shine in Long Island City.

The market is located at the outdoor lot by the western Queens waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

This weekend the LIC Flea will host an Easter egg hunt with prizes including money to spend at the market.

LIC Flea & Food runs 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.



Queens Taste returns April 29

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Photos courtesy Dominick Totino Photography

The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) wants more people to — literally — have a little taste of Queens.

The organization announced its Queens Taste 2014, the borough’s premier food and networking event, which will take place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing on April 29.

As Queens is known for its vast cultures and diversity, foodies attending the event can expect dozens of vendors, serving everything from Mexican to Portuguese food, and a range that includes sweet, savory, crunchy and creamy. At $100 a ticket or $175 for two, people will have access to the food and the ability to network with hundreds of others.

“I look forward to Queens Taste all year,” said Seth Bornstein, QEDC executive director. “It is so fun on so many levels. The food. The drinks. The people. The venue. The celebration.”

Clients of Entrepreneur Space, a food and business incubator that the QEDC operates in Long Island City, will be on hand with artisan specialties, including gourmet cheesecake balls and designer meatballs. Long Island City’s SquareWine headlines a spirits group that includes Queens Brewery and Punzoné Vodka among others.

Besides the food, the QEDC and the Queens Historical Society will host a table dedicated to show memorabilia from the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs as the borough is celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the events.



Queens cabbie charged for stealing more than $28K in tolls

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Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Brian Mendonca

A Long Island City taxi driver has been busted for evading more than $28,000 in tolls by “piggybacking” on cars through Robert F. Kennedy Bridge E-Z Pass lanes.

The cabbie, 69-year-old Rodolfo Sanchez, is accused of crossing the bridge without paying the toll more than 3,000 times over a two-year period, between 2012 and 2010, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Sanchez was able to avoid the tolls by tailgating the vehicle in front of his yellow cab and letting both cars go through the bridge’s E-Z Pass lanes before the barrier came down, the district attorney said.

He was eventually caught, according to Brown, when it was discovered that an E-Z Pass tag that was previously reported lost, was regularly crossing the bridge’s toll plazas without making a payment. The pass had become invalid in 2011 but it was still emitting a signal to the E-Z Pass readers on the bridge, he said.

Sanchez allegedly told investigators that he knew that the E-Z Pass was no good but he used it because he needed money for his family.

Sanchez was arraigned Thursday and charged with grand larceny, theft of services and criminal possession of stolen property, prosecutors said. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 51. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy after midnight. Low 41.

EVENT OF THE DAY: MicroChip Fundraiser to Benefit Sidewalk Angels

Camp Bow Wow of Queens in Long Island City is hosting a low-cost microchip fundraiser event on Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Haute Vet Clinic of Queens is providing the chips, available at a discount of 60 percent in an effort to get as many dogs chipped as possible. All of the proceeds from the event go to Sidewalk Angels pet foundation. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Transit union, MTA announce contract deal

Both sides have announced a tentative contract settlement with the union that represents about 38,000 subway and bus workers in New York City. Read more: NBC New York

Bill would raise state minimum wage to $15 for big businesses

New York’s large retailers and chain stores would be forced to share the wealth with their workers under a bill that would set a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Read more: New York Post 

Chuck Schumer rips Con Ed bill spike

The price of electricity is too darn high, says Sen. Chuck Schumer. Read more: New York Post

Pastors accuse Mayor de Blasio of lack of diversity in appointments

More than a half-dozen African-American pastors and about 70 supporters gathered outside City Hall Thursday to protest what they described as a lack of diversity in Mayor de Blasio’s top appointments. Read more: New York Daily News

New NY law would require underage party bus passengers to have adult chaperone

New legislation could put the brakes on underage drinking on party buses in New York. Read more: CBS New York


Returning July Fourth fireworks could mean big biz for LIC waterfront

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Photo courtesy of Macy’s

It could be an explosive Independence Day for businesses around the Long Island City waterfront.

After moving to the Hudson River in 2009, Macy’s and Bill de Blasio announced Monday that the department store’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show is returning to the East River this summer.

The location change is expected to benefit restaurants, bars and other establishments along the river that previously saw increased traffic during the festivities.

“It was actually an emptiness that the East River had. It was basically a tradition we had lost for five years,” said Tony Raouf, owner of Riverview Restaurant & Lounge.

Located close to Gantry Plaza State Park, a popular fireworks viewing spot in years past, Riverview is planning on having a celebration with a band this year.

Waterfront Crab House, another Long Island City eatery near the East River, on Borden Avenue, used to close the street down during the holiday and hold a fundraiser for children’s cancer before the fireworks moved.

Parking changes and construction no longer make the closure possible, according to Barbara Heden, the restaurant’s manager.

“[This July Fourth] probably won’t be like it used to be, but will bring us business,” she said.

Heden expects business will quadruple compared to last year. She also said the newly-created Hunter’s Point South Park, which is located on Center Boulevard between 50th and 54th avenues and did not exist when the fireworks were formerly on the East River, will help bring in more crowds.

Z NYC Hotel, opened in 2011 at 43rd Avenue and 11th Street, is already developing special July Fourth events and programming for the holiday that it will be announcing soon, according to Lisa Gneo, director of sales and marketing.

“This will be a great opportunity for many businesses in Long Island City and another way to generate tremendous revenue for our hotel and the community,” she said.

The country’s largest pyrotechnic July Fourth display, the fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time and from barges positioned on the lower East River.

Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s events, said at the announcement that the move to the East River is not permanent.

“I’m sure when there’s something else to celebrate — or a reason to move — we will look to do so,” she said.

But the mayor said he would do everything possible “to make [the East River location] as typical as possible — as frequent as possible.”



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

| michael@warrenlewis.com

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

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 14,000 sales associates located in approximately 650 offices in 45 countries and territories worldwide. 



7 train suspension lifted for LIC weekend of events

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File Photo

There is a little light at the end of the tunnel for No. 7 train users.

Three weeks after coming face to face with the Long Island City community and listening to their concerns about the No. 7 train weekend suspensions, the MTA will keep the line running on May 17 and 18.

During the March 27 town hall meeting, community members and business owners asked the transit agency to alter its initial plan because of events such as the LIC Arts Open, LIC Flea & Food and LIC Springs!, a block party along Vernon Boulevard.

“Finally the MTA has not only listened to our community on this issue, but taken action,” State Sen. Michael Gianaris said. “LIC Springs! and other events like the LIC Flea and the LIC Arts Open are wonderful displays of how much our neighborhood has to offer, so I appreciate the MTA making it easier to get people here for this one weekend.”

The MTA said that the work previously scheduled for the weekend of May 17 and 18 will have to be rescheduled, however won’t increase the number of closures for 2014. Some of the closures will be rescheduled for 2015.

“The community spoke and the [MTA New York City Transit] listened. The No. 7 Line shutdown for needed repairs has caused ongoing hardship for the businesses, residents, cultural organizations and institutions in Long Island City,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership. “That weekend is expected to draw significant numbers of visitors from across Queens – and New York City – to our neighborhood for arts, culture, food and fun.”

Although the MTA has agreed to keep the No. 7 line working for the one May weekend, Gianaris wants to continue working with the agency to put an end to all weekend disruptions.

“Of course, when everyone wants to come back and enjoy the weekend in Long Island City for the rest of the summer, we’ll run into the same old problem, so I will keep fighting until the 7 train actually running on weekends is no longer news,” Gianaris said.

The suspensions are expected to be in effect from 2 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza. On some weekends, there will also be reduced or express-only service between 74th Street-Broadway and Queensboro Plaza.

The MTA has also released the following additional changes for the No. 7 train suspensions:

  • May 3-4 will now be a shutdown between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square-42 Street.
  • May 31-June 1 will now be shut down between 74 Street-Broadway to Times Square-42 Street.
  • Sept. 20-21 will now be shut down between 74 Street -Broadway to Times Square-42 Street.
  • Nov 15-16 will now be a limited service to Queensboro Plaza with no service between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square-42 Street weekend.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Generally cloudy. High 69. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Periods of rain. Low 47. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall around a half an inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Farewell Extravaganza for the Holocenter

Celebrate with the Holocenter before it leaves the Clock Tower. Music, holograms, projections, performers, interactive installations, food, and drinks. Free. Must RSVP. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD institutes new fire response guidelines for officers

The NYPD has instituted new protocols for officers responding to fires after a veteran cop died days after being overcome by smoke inside a Coney Island building where a fire raged and on the same day two other officers were hurt while rushing into a burning building in Williamsburg. Read more: NBC New York

Some council members want exterior doors in elementary, special ed schools to have alarms

Some City Council members want to make sure all exterior doors in elementary and special education schools have alarms on them. Read more: NY1

Family of narcotics overdose victim testifies at Queens doctor’s manslaughter trial

The family of one of Dr. Stan Li’s patients who died from an oxycodone overdose testified at the Queens doctor’s manslaughter trial Thursday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Crackdown on distracted driving begins around New York State

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that state and local police have stepped up patrols statewide to crack down on mobile phone use while driving. Read more: CBS New York

Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Read more: AP

LIC Flea & Food celebrates opening of 2014 season

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Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

The 2014 season of LIC Flea & Food has finally begun.

The popular Long Island City flea market celebrated a weekend of success during its grand opening on Sat., April 5, and Sun., April 6, at the same outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale at the market included food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

Visitors of all ages joined LIC Flea & Food during its opening weekend, where many food vendors sold out of their treats with fans enjoying every cuisine.


“Our kick-off weekend was a huge success. The amount of people who visited the market demonstrated how much people enjoy the market and how great our vendors are,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “It was great to see people visit Long Island City from all over and spend money to help small businesses.”

Along with many LIC Flea favorites and new faces bringing visitors a wide variety of foods and other items, opening weekend had activities for soccer fans and Lego lovers.

The New York Cosmos soccer team, which starts its season against Atlanta on Sunday at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, were on site bringing activities for kids and families. The Cosmos truck was at the LIC Flea with an inflatable kicking game for children, along with merchandise and tickets available for sale. Fans were able to meet the New York Cosmos Girls, and Cosmos players were present signing autographs.

Designer C3Brix showcased his Lego art during the LIC Flea, leaving visitors delighted with characters like Elmo, Cookie Monster, Snoopy and Smurfs made completely out of Lego pieces.

Some returning vendors included The Nomad Truck, An Artistic Taste, Tea & Milk, 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.

New vendors include King of Falafel & Shawarma, Grateful Bread Company, Vintage-Dealers Choice Jewelry and Nyan Soaps.

“We’re looking forward to a great season ahead and having people visit us every Saturday and Sunday,” Schneps said.

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

Applications for vendors are still being accepted for the new season by registering online.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Thursday: Abundant sunshine. High 58. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Thursday night: Mainly clear. Low 49. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Cheese & Wine 101 “Hard Hat Series”

Join Artisanal Premium Cheese’s Maître Fromager, Max McCalman, for a two-hour guided tasting of four wines and seven of the world’s finest cheeses. Along the way you’ll learn about the main types of cheese and their range of flavors and textures, as well as general wine pairing guidelines and specific pairing suggestions. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Falchi Building, 31-00 47th Ave., Suite 1205, LIC.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Body found in Indiana identified as missing doctor from New York

An autopsy determined that a body found in an Indiana lake is that of a doctor with ties to New York City who had been missing since December, authorities said. Read more: ABC New York

NYC schools chancellor: Students won’t be held back over test scores alone

Chancellor Carmen Farina says New York City’s school system will de-emphasize the importance of standardized test scores in deciding which students must repeat a grade. Read more: CBS New York

City food inspectors may wear Google Glass to record reviews

Don’t laugh at that dorky guy wearing Google Glass — he may be there to inspect your restaurant. Read more: New York Post

City noise annoys one in four residents: Health Department

If you like peace and quiet, you gotta leave New York. Read more: New York Daily News

Apollo 11 checklist,spacesuit sold at NY auction

An Apollo 11 lunar surface checklist sheet was among the coveted items sold at a New York City auction of space exploration artifacts. Read more: NBC New York

LIC Flea 2014 season kicks off this weekend

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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.



Cable company gives $15K to Girls Inc. of NYC

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THE COURIER/Photo by Allen Ngai

RCN Telecom Services donated over $15,000 to Girls Inc. of New York City, funding life-changing programs for girls throughout the five boroughs.

The donation total of $15,682 was presented to the non-profit organization on March 27 at RCN’s Long Island City office. RCN provides high-speed internet, digital TV and phone services, and collected fees from new customer installation to be donated to Girls Inc. of NYC.

“As a company, we strive to help support the community and city in which we both work and live, and Girls Inc. of NYC is the epitome of those same values,” said Bruce Abbott, general manager of RCN New York. “It’s an amazing organization — one that is changing lives of young girls in our city every day, and we are delighted to be a part of that.”

Girls Inc. of NYC works to improve the lives of girls ages 6 to 18 through educational programs conducted by trained, mentoring professionals who work to help the girls succeed academically and lead healthy lives.

Both companies plan to continue working together to find other ways to help and support girls in the city.