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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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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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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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