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Kaufman Astoria Studios, LIC Flea & Food launch new Astoria Flea

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Following in the footsteps of Brooklyn Flea and LIC Flea & Food, a more recent venture in Long Island City, the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens has announced it will launch a "backlot market," beginning May 4th. The venture, dubbed Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios, is a joint venture between the film & television studio campus and LIC Food & Flea.

As at existing city food & flea markets, the emphasis is on local restaurants, food vendors and artists, as well as antiques, collectibles, clothing and more. The backdrop will be one of the city's most historic film and television studios where Rudolph Valentino and the Marx Brothers once filmed. Today the studios host shows such as "Nurse Jackie," "Orange is the New Black" and "Sesame Street," as well as recent film productions such as "Men in Black 3" and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

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

Adjacent to the flea market are attractions such as the recently renovated Museum of the Moving Image, and Astor Room, a vintage-themed bar and restaurant located in the studio's old working commisary.

Vendors, from independent artisans and startups to larger, more established business are all welcome to apply at LICFlea.com.

Astoria Food & Flea launches Sunday, May 4, and continues for at least eight consecutive weekends. It is located on 36th street between 34th and 35th Avenues. Access is easily available from the R to Steinway or the N/Q to Broadway or 36th Ave. For more information, visit Facebook.com/AstoriaFlea

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