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New food & craft market to open in LIC

QNS Urban MKT to occupy 6,000 sq ft on the first floor

QNS Urban MKT to occupy 6,000 sq ft on the first floor

July 16, 2013 By Bill Parry

Long Island City, NY: Yet another food & craft market is about to open in Long Island City.

This one will be located inside a large Northern Blvd factory and the organizers hope it will draw curiosity seekers throughout Western Queens.

The market, to be called QNS Urban MKT, is expected to open in late August and will feature up to 40 local vendors who will offer a range of items — from ethnically diverse foods to vintage photography.

The market will take place on the first floor of the historic Standard Motor Parts Building (38-17 Northern Blvd.), which is also the home of The Brooklyn Grange, a 2.5 acre rooftop organic farm, with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

Jie Whoon Kang, the market’s founder, said that he wants to turn the building into a destination point—and believes that “a small, well-crafted market” will help do it.

He said the market will work well with The Brooklyn Grange, an attraction in its own right.

“Many people come to see the farm on weekends,” Kang said. “The market will give visitors something else to do while they’re here.”

Jenny Yi, the marketing coordinator for QNS Urban MKT, said the market will be different from the LIC Flea that opened in Hunters Point last month.  To begin with, it will be indoors and will operate all year round.

“We also are air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter,” Yi said. “We feature free wifi and we have bathrooms.”

QNS Urban MKT will operate on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm. The building is one block from the M and R subway station and four blocks from the N and Q.

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I would like to be one of the vendors. Please send me information.

I make handmade beaded jewelry….mostly necklaces and earrings. Each piece is one of a kind and comes with a write up on the healing properties about the natural semi-precious stones.

In addition, I also make silk eye pillows filled with organic rose and lavender flowers.

I am an interior designer and I make other products for the home with recycled and salvaged materials from the design industry. These lifestyle products are all about saving and preserving Mother Earth as these materials would have otherwise been dumped in a landfill.

I’d be happy to send photos.

Best regards,

~Nancy Gesimondo


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