54 THE QUEENS COURIER • SUMMER FUN • JUNE 27, 2013 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com LIC Flea & Food is a gateway to weekend getaways Nook n’ Crannie 29-18 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria NY 11105 718-204-8399 www.nookcrannie.com Nook N’ Crannie is excited to showcase its array of vintage collectible items at the LIC Flea. A mixture of “all sorts of vintage household items” as well as decorative items will be available for purchase at the flea market. All the proceeds will go to Betel of America, a non-profit organization. The members of Nook N’ Crannie are “excited to get back into Long Island City and reconnect with the neighborhood. We’re also looking forward to the exposure and to participate in a fun outdoor event!” Surface Library www.surfacelibrary.com Surface Library was created in 2005 in East Hampton as a studio and gallery. In 2012, Surface Library relocated to LIC. The works that will be on display are both functional as well as sculptural clay work. Artist Bob Bachler creates a myriad of functional pieces including teapots, plates, vases and bowls. Bachler is “very excited about sharing my work with the LIC community as well as getting to know the diverse residents of my neighborhood.” The Crepe Escape 217 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028 212-472-2604 The Crepe Escape is the creation of husband and wife Cedric Tesson and Sandra McKinney, who decided that they wanted to create a business based on the dish that brought them together. After having met in a French creperie in Santa Monica, California, the pair instantly clicked; in 2009 The Crepe Escape was born on the Upper East Side. All crepes, both sweet and savory, are made to order using only the freshest ingredients. “We designed our crepes not only to be delicious, but playful and lighthearted- we want to share our creation at LIC Flea to help bring a smile to all our patrons,” said McKinney. The Crepe escape is thrilled to be a part of LIC Flea, and “especially to be surrounded by other small businesses like ourselves. It’s such a fantastic group of people, all very talented in their own unique way - it’s very inspiring.” NOOK N’ CRANNIE SURFACE LIBRARY THE CREPE ESCAPE BY BRADLEY HAWKS If you’re looking for a “destination location,” look no further than LIC Flea & Food. In a single weekend you, your family and friends can ride the ferry -- which docks at the most exciting piers in the city -- hop aboard a free air-conditioned shuttle, do some shopping, grab an icy dish of sorbet or hand-shaken lemonade with fresh berries and mint, take an afternoon river kayaking trip, create art in an outdoor sculpture garden, share an artisan pizza or devour sliders from an old-fashioned barbecue smoker, take a stroll through the park and pose for photos under an iconic billboard overlooking the city’s skyline. For decades, Long Island City has been an epicenter of the arts, waterfront parks and unique cuisine. But now LIC Flea & Food offers a common gathering place ideal for combining each of the elements that make this neighborhood one of the most vibrant in the city. The best part is that you can easily do it all without breaking the bank. As a partner with LIC Flea & Food, the East River Ferry—which celebrated its second year of service this week on June 25—offers visitors transportation from Midtown, Wall Street, Williamsburg, Dumbo, Greenpoint and Governors Island, all arriving in Long Island City every half hour. Single rides are $4, or just an extra buck to bring along a bicycle. Schedules and maps are available at www.eastriverferry.com, and there’s even a smart phone app called NY Waterway. From the ferry terminal, a complimentary air conditioned shuttle transports visitors directly to the LIC Flea & Food at 5-25 46th Street. Families can engage in art activities, enjoy local musicians and DJs, nosh on artisan treats and shop for collectibles, artwork, home furnishings, fashion and antiques from a rotating selection of over 90 vendors featured every weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. When the heat gets too sweltering and a jump in the river suddenly seems enticing, head to the north end of the market, where free kayaking is available throughout the summer via the volunteer-based LIC Boathouse. This Saturday, June 29, there will be paddling available at 1p.m. on a first-come basis, followed by a 4 p.m .paddle from Hallets Cove to Anable Basin. Check out the full summer schedule at www.licboathouse.org. Following an afternoon on the East River, refuel and recharge at the market with a selection of delectable dishes. For a formal indoor dinner, Vernon Boulevard is just a block away, where old time Main Street U.S.A. magically collides with Long Island City’s sparkling contemporary waterfront. It’s framed by Gantry Plaza just down the street—which boasts pristine piers, lounging chairs, weeping willows, playgrounds, and the glowing iconic Pepsi billboard -- just one of hundreds of picturesque vantage points for views of the Manhattan skyline. Also nearby are Socrates Sculpture Park, with an outdoor green market and free yoga classes (www.socratessculpturepark. org); one of the country’s oldest and largest collections of contemporary and experimental art at MoMA P.S. 1 (www.momaps1.org); or the showcase of artwork by renowned Japanese- American artist Isamu Noguchi at the Noguchi museum (www.noguchi.org). Long Island City is also rich with theater, improv, comedy, music, restaurants, lounges, dog parks, galleries, studios and hidden treasures. With the LIC Flea & Food as a crossroads, come for the market, and return weekly over the summer to discover miniature escapes from the work week, all eclectically packaged in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
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