Long Island City’s waterfront is getting a weekend flea market this summer. The new 24,000 square foot outdoor marketplace located directly across from the Pepsi sign, will open June 15 and aims to have over 60 vendors plying local food, collectibles, sweet treats, arts & crafts and more.
The Flea isn’t the only market LIC can look forward to as the weather warms. Two new Saturday greenmarkets will open near 48th Avenue and Vernon Blvd. in coming weeks.
From the Queens Courier: “It’s so exciting to think that this parking lot will be transformed into an oasis of food and art and creativity that will bring so much life to this particular part of our great neighborhood,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “This is a place that everyone wants to move to, everyone wants to live here, everyone wants to do business in Long Island City.”
The market will be accessible by the 7, E, M and G subway lines, the East River Ferry and by a parking garage that will conveniently be opening across the street. The Long Island City East River Ferry stop is the first destination for travelers coming from Midtown Manhattan. To provide visitors with an easy option to get to the market, LIC FLEA will provide a free bus service running from the ferry stop to the lot every Saturday and Sunday.
The new venue is looking for local artisans and vendors to participate. You can apply for a space at www.LICFLEA.com and get updates via their facebook page Facebook.com/LICFLEA or twitter feed @LICFLEA.
From the Fleamarket Zone: “We are looking for vendors and we want a diverse offering of merchandise,” says market owner, Josh Schneps. “We want to help people build their businesses.” Booth fees start at $150 per day, with 8 foot by 8 foot and 10 foot by 10 foot spaces available. The venue will host around 60 sellers, and vendors interested in renting spaces can visit the market’s website and fill out an online application.
Several Long Island City businesses are already booked for the market, Schneps notes. These include Malu LIC, a maker of homemade ice cream and chocolate treats, Italian eatery Manducatis Rustica and Matted LIC, a boutique that showcases local artists, and sells frames and giftware.
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee