Finally, a flea market à la Brooklyn Flea in my very own hood! Queens is not the hippest area of NYC, but the advent of this market in Long Island City is evidence that this borough’s hipness quotient is increasing.
I visited the LIC Flea & Food when it first opened in its Long Island City location—a large outdoor space with views of the East River and midtown Manhattan. At the time, there were more food vendors than people selling handmade and vintage wares (see my guest post on food at the LIC Flea). After a few months in operation, this has changed. There is still plenty of local and delicious food to eat, and lots of treasures to take home as well.
The largest (okay, only) outdoor flea market in Queens, the LIC Flea boasts dozens of local artisans including clothing and t-shirt designers, potters, and artists, as well as vendors selling vintage clothing and housewares.
The LIC Flea also caters to young families, with activities for youngsters nearly every weekend. When I went, a photographer was taking photos of costumed dogs, so there were all varieties of pooches in their Halloween best (though dogs are not usually allowed at the LIC Flea).
The LIC Flea & Food is worth a visit. But you’d better get there fast. The LIC Flea is open through October, then closed for the winter.