Aqueduct vendors still await new space

As the Aqueduct Flea Market sold its final bits of affordable vintage clothing, jewelry and other necessities during the last two weeks of December, vendors still find themselves with nowhere to go.

The market was forced to close its door before Jan. 1.  because it didn’t fit in with construction plans scheduled for this year. Malaysian company, Genting, broke ground in October to start construction of the new racino gambling complex. As vendors rallied outside the flea market entrance during the groundbreaking ceremony, their protests were futile.

One vendor, Melissa Steadman, is unsure of what will happen. Her family has been selling used clothing at the market for over 10 years.

Queensborough President, Helen Marshall and Senator Joseph Addabbo, who represents the Howard Beach and Ozone Park area, are working on finding a new space for the 1,000 plus vendors.