Councilman James Sanders, Jr. (center) joins flea market executive director Alan Finchley, marketing director Abby Feldman and many of the vendors who will be involved with the new market. Finchley, originally from Rockaway, said he wanted to erase the stigma that people on Long Island and surrounding areas have about the Rockaways. He hopes the flea market will "make Rockaway a destination" for people outside of the area. Residents of the Rockaways and surrounding areas came to Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard to sign up as vendors for the new open air Seaside Flea Market on Tuesday morning. Greeted by Councilman James Sanders, Jr. flea market executive director Alan Finchley and its marketing director Abby Feldman, the entrepreneurs had a chance to get an advanced look at the new market's location.
Among the participants are Far Rockawayites Patricia Frye, who has been in the business of making cheese cakes of all favors for over 10 years; Ronald Williams who sells women's clothing; Renata Scott, who runs a catering business; and Rockaway Beach resident Lena Sundar who will be selling Indian food, while her daughter will be selling clothes.
(Right to left) Feldman, Finchley and Sanders with vendors and representatives from the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (RDRC): business associate Valerie West and Janet Henriquez, director of business & professional services (right). According to Feldman, the market has filled 60 to 70 percent of available vendor space. The youngest vendor, Jessica Star, 11, makes and sells jewelry.
The market will be open on Sundays and Holidays starting on May 14. Finchley told The Wave that the market has an agreement with the city where it will pay a fixed annual rent plus a percentage of the rentals.
|Some of the vendors who will be participating in the new Seaside Flea Market gather in the parking lot by the beach along Seagirt Boulevard, where the market will be. Jewerly, clothes and food are among the items that will be sold. |