Astoria Gets Flea And Food Market

Astoria is getting its own flea market, similar to the one its neighbors enjoyed last spring in Long Island City.

LIC Flea and Food market, named the City’s number one market, will expand to the back-lot of Kaufman Astoria Studios, located at 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues.

First built in the 1920s, the studio is a full-service film, television and music production center, producing popular shows, including “Sesame Street,” “Alpha House” and “Orange is the New Black.” Launching on May 4, the 34,800-square-foot space back-lot will be home to the Astoria Flea and Food market.

The Astoria Flea and Food market, open to visitors for at least eight consecutive weekends, will include food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and more.

Studio President Hal Rosenbluth said the Astoria Flea market is a terrific addition to their community.

“The Kaufman Astoria Studios neighborhood has grown into a wonderfully vibrant center for art, food and culture,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to making our new backlot home to eight great Sundays filled with food, art and fashion.”

As a weekend destination, Borough President Melinda Katz said the Astoria Flea and Food market will offer a world-class shopping and culinary experience on the grounds of what has become a world-class film and television studio.

“Its unique setting and easily accessible location will be attractive to tourists and Queens residents alike,” she said in a statement.

Vendors, from small artisan businesses to more established, are welcomed to apply to sell at the Astoria Flea and Food market. To apply, visit www.LICFlea.com.