New Food and Crafts Market Comes To Long Island City

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Staff Writer

A new food and crafts market is coming to the historic Standard Motor Parts building in Long Island City.

With food, jewelry, arts and crafts, photography and furniture, the market looks to be a one-stop shop for all the local City vendors.

The market, known as the QNS Urban MKT, will be open year-round, starting on Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. and on Oct. 19th at 11 a.m.

“The goal of the market is to garner a sense of community in Queens,” said Cassie Jones, program director of the QNS Urban MKT. “We are trying to honor all of the innovation happening here, as well the different cultures.”

Some of the cultures the vendors will showcase are Filipino, Caribbean and Peruvian.

It will operate on the first floor of the building on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. within a spacious area next to the COFFEED shop and right below the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm.

On Fridays, the market offers extra perks with live music, food, beer and wine. On Saturdays, access to the farm is until 3 p.m.

Aside from the usual facilities of the market, it will organize Ted Talk-style events that will showcase entrepreneurs in food, drink and tech, who will share their start up stories and teach short lessons about their craft.

Jones said the market is unique because it also provides an outlet for chefs through the pop-up restaurant program. A Vietnamese restaurant, Bunker, will showcase its food on the weekend of Oct. 25.

The building is located at 37-18 Northern Blvd., Long Island City. For more information, visit www.qnsurbanmkt.com/#!contact/cz76, or call Cassie at (203) 247-9824.

Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribune.com, or @Tsakhuja13.