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Oktoberfest at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Fall has arrived and is making its comeback at the LIC Flea & Food.

This weekend the popular Long Island City flea market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will begin its Oktoberfest celebrations.

To start the festivities, the LIC Flea will have a pumpkin patch with pumpkins straight from the farm.

Oktoberfest beers will be available from the local breweries at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating. Beer selections come from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

Some LIC Flea vendors will also be featuring special menu items just in time for the celebrations.

Vendor Oconomi will be offering Japanese Berkshire pork kurobuta sausage with Karashi (Japanese mustard). The Chia Jar will have a harvest pumpkin spice chia jar and carrot cake chia jar.

Frittering Away will be offering a non-alcoholic gluhwein (mulled pomegranate) and Petalouda Bakery will have a coconut farina cake “revani.”

Another special menu item will be an “Oktoberbratbeercheesefest” hand pie from Love.Grit.Cook. It is a stuffed pie with locally made bratwurst from Ridgewood’s Morscher’s Pork Store, Gruyere, cheddar and beer cheese sauce, caramelized onions and a crunchy pretzel crust. It will be served with a schmear of beer mustard.

Finally, vendor Sweet Muse will offer special edition brownies such as stout fudge brownie, beer and pretzel brownie, and pumpkin swirl fudge brownie.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year. The LIC Flea Beer Garden is open during the hours of operation of the flea market.

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

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First Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Bradley Hawks

The Long Island City waterfront will be filled with celebrations this weekend.

The popular LIC Flea & Food, held every Saturday at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will host the First Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival, bringing the best food vendors from the market.

Such vendors include Oconomi, Jessy’s Pastries, Butcher Bar, Arborio King, Tea + Milk, Drink More Good, Frittering Away, ChocoToy, Ice & Vice, The Sugar Boutique, Ice Riders and Mom & Popsicles.

During the festival, vendors will receive “Flea Favorite” awards based on votes by a panel of judges and visitors to the market as well.

Judges include Bradley Hawks, editor-in-chief of BORO Magazine; Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation; NY1 reporter Arlene Borenstein; and bloggers Layla Khoury-Hanold of “A Glass of Rose” and Karen Siegler of “Markets of New York City.”

Visitors to the Flea on July 26 will be able to select their favorite vendors to win the LIC Flea Favorites Visitors Choice Award.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food is offering the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more. Local art groups will be represented at the Astoria Flea.

The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, every Sunday until August 31.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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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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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 celebrates Japanese culture; announces holiday market


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A few clouds did not put a damper on a fun-filled, successful weekend at the LIC Flea & Food celebrating Japanese culture.

On October 5 and 6, LIC Flea and vendor Oconomi hosted the very first Weekend of Japanese culture at LIC Flea & Food, which brought in regular visitors and brand new faces.

“It was fantastic,” said Kazuko Nagao, owner of Oconomi.

“We think we brought a new audience that had never been to LIC Flea and regulars also enjoyed something new.”

Nagao also said she saw a large presence of the Queens Japanese community at LIC Flea for the weekend celebration.

“We got a lot of foot traffic because of the Japanese shows, so I’d say it was a good weekend,” said Eric Henshaw with LIC Vendor Khao Man Gai, which sold out on Saturday.

Oconomi, which regularly serves Oconomiyaki, Japanese vegetable pancakes, extended its menu to include stir fried noodles known as Yakisoba, Japanese curry, rice balls and “creative” sushi.

The celebration also featured separate booths dedicated to the Japanese culture where LIC Flea visitors tried their hand at Japanese calligraphy with Masako Inyo, who taught participants how to hold a brush. In another booth guests turned paper into art at an origami station. Visitors were able to take home whatever they finished.

“The Flea is always a good time,” said LIC Flea visitor Fallon Gardener. “I love everything about Asian cultures.”

Along with the delicious Japanese treats and activities, guests also enjoyed three unique performers. Female geisha dancers in costume performed in a group called Salme and Japanese pop singer Reni Reni also made an appearance. The final performers combined music with audience interaction as the Poku Poku Boys played Koto, a traditional string instrument, while translating names from English to Japanese in calligraphy.

“I really enjoyed the singing and dancing,” said visitor Maria Walker. “Things like this are why the Flea never gets boring for me.”

Along with taking visitors on a trip to Japan and celebrating the Japanese culture, and allowing children to pick their own pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, LIC Flea announced that a holiday market will be opening in December.

The market will be located at the same address but within the warehouse next to the LIC Flea lot. The holiday market will be open for the three weekends leading up to Christmas.

There are still three weeks left to enjoy LIC Flea & Food so come down to 5-25 46th Avenue and see what other surprises are coming your way.

 

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Flea brings Japan to LIC


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Oconomi-Kazuko Nagao

Japan is coming to the LIC Flea & Food.

On October 5 and 6, LIC Flea and vendor Oconomi will host a Weekend of Japanese Culture at LIC Flea & Food.

Oconomi regularly serves Oconomiyaki, Japanese vegetable pancakes, at LIC Flea, but will extend the menu for the celebration.

“Queens represents every culture,” said Kazuko Nagao, owner of Oconomi. “LIC Flea itself has many different cultures involved.”

There will be eight booths dedicated to Japanese culture and food.

Oconomi will sell its traditional pancakes, along with stirred fried noodles known as Yakisoba, Japanese curry, rice balls and “creative” sushi.

Celebrating Japanese culture, children and adults will be able to try their hand at Japanese calligraphy on Saturday with Masako Inkyo, on-site instructor who will teach participants how to hold a brush. There will also be an origami station where you can turn paper into art and Kabuki face painting, featuring faces of a traditional Japanese play.

Along with the delicious Japanese treats and activities, guests will be able to enjoy three unique performers. Female geisha dancers in costume will perform in a group called Salme and Japanese pop singer Reni Reni will also make an appearance. The final performance combines music with audience interaction as the Poku Poku Boys play Koto, a traditional string instrument, while translating names from English to Japanese in calligraphy, allowing audience members to take a piece of the performance home.

“We as Japanese really want the people who are regulars of LIC Flea to experience something different,” said Nagao. “This time they can try different food. The regulars can try something new and we are hoping we can bring a lot of new people to LIC Flea & Food too.”

Come take a trip to Japan via LIC Flea & Food, located at 5-25 46th Avenue.

 

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