The Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios arrived with a boom this past weekend.
The city’s first-ever backlot market celebrated a successful grand opening on Sunday with thousands of people in attendance.
The Astoria Flea, a partnership between the LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate from the studios’ outdoor lot, the first of its kind in the city, every Sunday for the next seven consecutive weeks.
Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, visitors are welcomed by a brand-new 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.
“Kaufman Studios was the perfect setting for Astoria Flea,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “It was exciting to see the community’s response with thousands of people attending and taking advantage of the amazing shopping and food vendors.”
Visitors of all ages and from all over the city were able to enjoy the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.
“We’re excited to be at Kaufman for the next seven Sundays and look forward to being an attraction for the neighborhood and a place for local residents to congregate,” Schneps said.
Photo courtesy of Kaufman Astoria Studios
The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.
For this upcoming weekend, the LIC Flea & Food and Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be the perfect locations to celebrate mothers. On Saturday, you can get some Mother’s Day shopping done in Long Island City and on Sunday, treat your mom to a relaxing day in Astoria.