BY CAILIN BURKE
As much as we love Smorgasburg, we’ve tried so much food there that we wanted to switch it up a bit and had heard the Long Island City Flea & Food Market had a ton of new vendors we had never heard of! Plus, aside from Mets games we don’t head to Queens that often, so we thought it would be the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
When we got there at around noonish it wasn’t very crowded, since most markets don’t get really busy until 2-3pm. But this gave us a great chance to walk around and see all of the vendors and food options. We decided on Sam’s Fried Ice Cream since we hadn’t had fried ice cream in forever and loved how many options they had! I decided to get pistachio ice cream topped with Oreo breadcrumbs while Tara got chocolate ice cream with regular breadcrumbs. They had a ton of other unique options and our friend Katy chose a gelato macaron from Woops! and Nitro Brew Coffee.
While eating, we noticed a sign for free kayaking! Yes, free! Of course we had to take up that offer and suited up in our awesome life jackets and grabbed a kayak. We had thought that you could only kayak in the basin to the side of the market, but a few workers paddled up to us and asked if we wanted to kayak on the river. How could we say no!? However they didn’t warn us that this was a reallllllly long trip and we were basically going to kayak in the center of the East River, heavy current and all!
It was so amazing to be kayaking past landmarks like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, and the view was so worth it. But be warned: it’s a little strenuous since you are paddling against current for quite a long distance, all while trying to keep up with the guide.
After that unexpected kayaking excursion, we went back to check out the flea market vendors and ended up getting vintage looking rings at one stand and checking out all of the cool clothes that were on sale. I would say this market is fairly undiscovered, so make sure to check it out before everyone catches on!