QNS Urban MKT Opens This Week, Spotlighting Local Makers
LONG ISLAND CITY — A new artisan market set to open in Queens this week is looking to spotlight the best of what's made in the borough.
The QNS Urban MKT will officially kick off Friday night inside the Standard Motor Parts building at 37-18 Northern Blvd., where 17 different food and craft vendors will peddle their wares.
"It's definitely going to be different than a lot of the other food and flea markets," said Cassie Jones, who is organizing the events with fellow co-founder Jie Kang.
The two work for eco-friendly cafe Coffeed, which is where the new market will take place in a newly expanded space. Rooftop farm Brooklyn Grange is located on top of the same building, and will also be a sponsor of the market.
"We want to curate a space so that the community can really come together, and people from the outer boroughs can come in and see what Queens has to offer," Jones said.
That will be done through a series of "Ted Talk-style events" to highlight the work of a different local business or entrepreneur each week.
At Friday's opening, brew masters from Astoria's SingleCut Beersmiths will give a talk on how they got started and why they chose to do business in Queens.
"The most important thing about how we've designed this market is looking at the different stories behind each vendor," Jones said.
SingleCut has even brewed a special beer for the occasion, made using hops grown on the roof by Brooklyn Grange and coffee beans from Coffeed.
QNS Urban MKT will also have a pop-up restaurant where chefs from a different eatery will cook and serve food on site each week. This weekend will feature grub from Fetta, a pizzeria opened in Jamaica last week by Coffeed's owners.
The market itself will feature food and goods from vendors located across the city. Those confirmed so far include handcrafted ice cream company Ice & Vice, vegan-friendly bread makers The Grateful Bread Baking Company, Manhattan crafts shop Tinsel Trading Company, and treats from Bibingka-esk, which sells Filipino desserts.
"We're really open to collaboration," Jones said. "We want to bring people to Queens, and want people to appreciate the diversity of Queens."
QNS Urban MKT will take place on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 37-18 Northern Blvd. in Long Island City.