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LIC Flea & Food celebrates opening of 2014 season


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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.

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“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.

 

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Many LIC Flea vendor favorites to return for market’s re-opening


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The popular Long Island City flea market will celebrate its grand re-opening for the 2014 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.

This season, many LIC Flea favorite vendors are making their comeback and are excited to hit the outdoors once again.

Rich Nieto, owner of Sweet Leaf, said he is excited to sell his signature iced and hot teas and coffees, with names such as voodoo child and rocket fuel, and pastries. A new item to the vendor’s list is roasted coffee sold by the bag to customers looking to take a piece home.

“We are certainly excited. I am excited with anything that will bring the warm weather around,” said Nieto, who is also looking forward to participating in the up-and-coming Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios in May.
Butcher Bar’s Matthew Katakis shares the same excitement and says he can’t wait to start selling his barbecued meats at LIC Flea. The Astoria butcher shop/restaurant is expanding its 37-08 30th Avenue location to 37-10 30th Ave.

“We love the community feel and the opportunity to work in a neighborhood other than Astoria,” Katakis said. “It’s just the cool experience of being outdoors and being able to bring the barbecue out to the people. Smoking our ribs is a lot of work when we present it outdoor because we have to get everything ready the night before. We love doing that because we don’t have that type of smoker in the store, so we will have to deal with some ‘serious barbecue.’”

Some other returning vendors include Vint & York, Latif, Oconomi, Bills Balls, The Nomad Truck, Imran Jewels, Luke’s Lobster, Jam Jar NY, J&L Farms, and many more.

LIC Flea will also welcome brand new faces to its vendors list with items ranging from falafels to soaps.

John Calderone of Mir Burger will be selling food based on international cuisines, including flavored burger sliders and veggie salads.

“I am looking forward to being outdoors and meeting a lot of people,” Calderone said. “I enjoy these types of opportunities. The energy is much higher and people will be much more enthusiastic.”

Lauren Zito is also looking forward to launching her business at LIC Flea with gourmet bagel bites known as Zito’s Bites.

“I decided to participate because I wanted to be involved within the Long Island City community and I also thought it was a good place to start my business,” Zito said. “I am excited because it will be a great event and I am also looking forward to getting feedback from customers to improve my business.”

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

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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LIC Flea returns this April


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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LIC Flea & Food is on its way back.

The popular Long Island City flea market will be reopening for the 2014 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 overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Many LIC Flea favorite vendors are making their comeback this year, together with brand new faces.

Some returning fan favorites include The Nomad Truck, An Artistic Taste, Tea & Milk, Bills 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.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014 season by registering online at www.licflea.com.

 

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Almost a ‘Flea’ sweep at the Vendy Awards


| hchin@homereporternews.com

Photos by Helen Klein, Denise Romano and Heather J. Chin

Thousands ate their way through Industry City on Saturday, September 7 for the 9th Annual NYC Vendy Awards—the Oscars of the food vendor world—which was held this year in Brooklyn for the very first time.

The big winner of the day was Brooklyn/Red Hook’s El Olomega and owners Janet and Marcos Lainez, whose traditional, homemade pupusas took home the Vendy Cup—keeping it in the Red Hook Food Vendor family after Piaztlan Authentic Mexican Food won it last year.

Luke’s Lobster’s classic Maine-style lobster rolls and lobster-and-cheese sandwiches won over the crowd, garnering them the People’s Taste Award.

Best Dessert went to Elmhurst-based Itizy Ice Cream Truck and their delicious homemade concoctions in refreshingly creative, yet simple flavors such as Blueberry Mojito, Mint Stracciatella and Coffee Brownie—all of which goes to promote founders Kenneth Chen and Ann Yu’s social mission of feeding those in need through supporting Scoop For Meals.

Best Market Vendor went to Queens-based Khao Man Gai NY for their exhaustively researched and carefully prepared authentic Thai chicken-and-rice dish that owners Eric and Emorn Henshaw said is their way of sharing their favorite dish with New Yorkers.

Best of New Jersey went to local/organic-focused Home By The Range, which also won the Messy But Tasty Award.

Rookie of the Year went to Midtown-based Nuchas, whose Argentinian-style savory and sweet empanadas and homemade sauces impressed eaters and judges alike.

Judges included Clarkson Potter editor-at-large Francis Lam, Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver, Food Network Star ( Season 8 ) Justin Warner , meat guru Pat LaFrieda and Every Day with Rachael Ray editor-in-chief Lauren Purcell.

If you haven’t already hit up the kitchens of these Vendy Award winners, don’t worry: several winners—as well as many of the finalists—can be found on weekends through October at the LIC Flea & Food. Luke’s Lobster, Itizy Ice Cream and Khao Man Gai are all popular vendors, as are other Queens stalwarts Cholita Cuencana, Pop It Baby and King Souvlaki.

“LIC Flea has been an amazing experience and we are lucky enough to be a part of it,” enthused Khao Man Gai’s Eric Henshaw.

PopItBaby’s Jackie Walsh agreed, noting that the market has enabled her to “get our brand out to sweet people [every weekend].”

At the 9th Annual NYC Vendy Awards, Luke’s Lobster’s classic Maine-style lobster rolls and lobster-and-cheese sandwiches won the People’s Taste Award.

Best Market Vendor went to Khao Man Gai NY  for their exhaustively researched and carefully prepared authentic Thai chicken-and-rice dish.

Pop It Baby was also at the event.

 

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LIC Flea vendors up for Vendy Awards


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Itizy, Luke’s Lobster, Popitbaby and Khao Man Gai NY

Four LIC Flea & Food vendors are not only shining at the market.

Luke’s Lobster, Itizy, Popitbaby and Khao Man Gai NY are each finalists at the 9th Annual Vendy Awards taking place this Saturday, September 7 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at 116 39th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Each year finalists come with their food trucks or carts to serve their treats for judges and attendees. The event, emceed by Negin Farsad, also includes beer, wine, non-alcoholic drink, tables and chairs, live music, performances and a raffle. The day will end with a ceremony awarding the winners.

Luke’s Lobster, which could be found at the Flea almost every Saturday and Sunday, is nominated for this year’s Vendy Cup.

“We’re super excited and we’ve been preparing,” said Lauren Gibson, director of catering and events for Luke’s Lobster. “I’m also looking forward to trying all the other food and I’m really excited to see what other people are bringing to the plate.”

Itizy, found at the Flea on Sundays, is going up for the Dessert Award for its handcrafted ice cream and sorbet.

“People love our ice cream and it’s really great to see that in the nomination,” said Itizy co-owner Ann Yu. “This will be for us to really show people not just our ice cream, but what we are really all about.”

Within only four months of starting the business, Khao Man Gai NY was nominated in the Market category.

“We were super excited,” said Khao Man Gai NY co-owner Eric Henshaw. “It’s going to be a great day, everyone that is there is excited to try your food. I think it’s going to be a really good energy, it should be a good day.”

Popitbaby, which started only one month ago, has also been nominated for the Dessert Award.

On the official website for the event, the Vendy Awards are described as “a festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors an everything they provide us.”

The awards also serve as a fundraiser for The Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization started to serve and stand up for the rights of New York City vendors.

 

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