Oct. 17, 2013 By Christian Murray
A new indoor market is opening in the historic Standard Motor Parts Building in Long Island City Friday and aims to sell everything from jewelry to ethnic food.
Qns Urban Mkt will open on the ground floor of the iconic 37-18 Northern Blvd building, which is also the home of The Brooklyn Grange, a 2.5 acre rooftop farm that opened in 2010. The market will occupy 6,000 square feet and will be adjacent to Coffeed Shop.
It will operate Friday nights between 5pm-9pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm – all year round. It will feature as many as 15 local venders—which include Astoria’s Singlecut Beersmiths to lesser known companies, such as Mighty Meaty.
Jenny Yi, the marketing coordinator for QNS Urban MKT, told the LICPOST in July that the market would be different from the LIC Flea that opened in Hunters Point earlier this year. To begin with, she said, it would be indoors and would operate all year round.
Furthermore, the promoters are trying to showcase entrepreneurship—by getting the vendors to share their start-up stories and give short lessons about their craft to the public.
The market will offer attendees live music on Fridays, while provide access to the rooftop farm on Saturdays until 3 pm.
Jie Whoon Kang, the founder, told the LICPOST in July that 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. Many, he said, who go to see the farm will be lured to the market by the food and products on offer.
Vendors include: Singlecut Beersmiths, COFFEED, Brooklyn Grange, Ice & Vice, Peartree Pantry, Emeche Cupcakes, Mel’s Melting Pot, Bibingka-esk, Mighty Meaty, Drink More Good, Grateful Bread Company, Chai Mookie, Bittersweet, A&B American Style, Tinsel Trading Co., Ely & Road, Nena Trading Co. and many more.
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