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New food market to open in Long Island City by owners of Brooklyn Flea

May 8, 2015 By Christian Murray

The owners and operators of a number of Brooklyn flea markets are opening a food market in the Court Square section of Long Island City.

Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby, the founders of Brooklyn Flea, will start the market with 20-to-30 food vendors. The market is expected to open on July 11 and will take place every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. until early fall.

The market, to be called Queens Smorgasburg, will be located at 43-29 Crescent Street, across the street from Rockrose’s LINC LIC building.

Butler and Demby operate several flea and food markets. They run the Fort Greene Flea, Williamsburg Flea and Park Slope Flea—where items such as art, collectibles and food are sold.

However, they also operate separate markets that focus solely on food under the brand name Smorgasburg. There are several Smorgasburg markets located throughout Brooklyn in areas such as Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights.

The Queens Smorgasburg will primarily offer food from Queens venders. “The focus [of this market] is not to bring what we do in Brooklyn to Queens but to highlight the diverse ethnic foods in Queens at this market,” Eric Demby said.

The organizers said the market will include established restaurants to startups.

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