So for as long as I have lived in Astoria, which if you don’t know, is an amazing neighborhood in Queens, right across the bridge from Manhattan. It’s known to be a Greek neighborhood, originally, but now it’s a complete melting pot with some great cafes and markets ect.
The famous Astoria Flea market is supposedly a popular night market that takes place for three Saturdays in a row in July from 7pm until midnight, featuring an assortment of vendors . It is held at the well known Kauffman Studios. Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS) has established itself as one of the largest and most sophisticated production centers in New York and on the East Coast! It was built in 1920 and was the original home of Paramount Pictures. Today, top Hollywood film, television, and digital on-demand series are made at the studio, including the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Amazon’s Alpha House, and Sesame Street, which has filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios since 1992! The event will take place at the KAS’s outdoor movie lot.
I’ve never actually been to this street fair. Usually they’re are street fairs around pretty much every weekend in Astoria as well as the city. You know, those random ones. The ones in Queens though include rides for kids (which I mean I wouldn’t recommend because they are mobile. I wouldn’t trust a rollercoaster some guys set up and break down by eve…!)
Anyways though, those are still fun to check out! I went to this night market Saturday eve, around 8pm. I am not sure if magically more venders arrive and if the music gets better, but it was truly a disappointment! It seamed like there were only like 20 venders selling crap. I kind of assumed the food stalls were from restaurants in the neighborhood. I asked one guy where they are located and he said they don’t have a location, they are just here for the festival. We were done after 5 minutes. I don’t know if you are supposed to go there post sunset but I wasn’t trying to wait around. It should be poppin throughout!!
Anyways, in conclusion, this is not something worth checking out! I would stick to the random street fairs you bump into in the city on any given weekend. Those are much better! It’s definitely overhyped in the news:
If you DO trek out to Astoria, don’t feel like you wasted your time on a retarded street market! There are plenty of fantastic options in my neighborhood! Too many in fact! Just take a walk up to Broadway or 30th Ave for some great cafes, or also you could check out Steinway street as well for more options as well as some shopping!