Long Island City Flea Expands to Kaufman Astoria Studios' Outdoor Film Lot

By Jeanmarie Evelly on February 26, 2014 5:30pm 

 A new flea market is coming this spring to the outdoor film lot at Kaufman Astoria Studios.
A new flea market is coming this spring to the outdoor film lot at Kaufman Astoria Studios.
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ASTORIA — Coming attraction: an outdoor flea market at Kaufman Astoria.

The organizers of LIC Flea & Food in Hunters Point are teaming up with Kaufman Astoria Studios to launch a new market this spring on the site of the film studio's outdoor movie set, according to an announcement.

The market, called Astoria Flea & Food, will take place on Sundays beginning May 4 at Kaufman Astoria's backlot, a 34,800 square-foot space that debuted in December as the city's only outdoor working stage.

The market will run for at least eight consecutive weekends this spring and will feature food vendors, antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts and fashion, according to a statement.

The Astoria Flea is being launched by Josh Schneps, the publisher behind the Queens Courier and BORO Magazine who also started the LIC Flea & Food last year in a parking lot near 5th Street and 46th Avenue, on the waterfront in Hunters Point.

"After a phenomenal first season in Long Island City we are thrilled to expand to Astoria," Schneps said in a statement. "Kaufman Astoria Studios offers the perfect location and we look forward to creating a fun and vibrant destination for the community."

The backlot — formerly a city block — is located on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues, part of the Kaufman Astoria Studios complex, where shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "Sesame Street" film.

"The Kaufman Astoria Studios neighborhood has grown into a wonderfully vibrant center for art, food and culture," studio president Hal Rosenbluth said in a statement. "Astoria Flea is a terrific addition to our community."

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