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On the Ground 7 Years Before the Essex Street Market Became a Reality [PHOTOS]

Posted May 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

In the coming years, each of the Essex Street Market buildings will fall to accommodate the new Essex Crossing mega-project. The facility was built seventy-five years ago to move the plethora of pushcarts indoors. The archival photo is dated sometime in 1933, seven years before the one-story commercial buildings were constructed by order of Mayor LaGuardia. […]

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The ‘Grilled Cheese Incident’ Debuts Inside Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street is diversifying. Changing it up to stay relevant, perhaps. Another grilled cheese-specific operation is now underway here at 115 Essex. It’s called the Grilled Cheese Incident, a pop-up that banks heavily on the storied lore of Depression-era gangsters. The Grilled Cheese Incident was founded by fifth-generation NYC native Marc Lande as […]

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Slumlord of 43 Essex Street Notches Stop-work and Partial Vacate Orders

Posted May 21, 2015 at 5:10 am

Earlier this month – about a week after tenants filed a harassment lawsuit against Paul Galasso – the controversial new landlord of 43 Essex was slapped with a full stop-work order. According to department of Buildings records, the compulsory halt in activity is due to illegal construction, namely un-permitted plumbing and electrical work. And on […]

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‘Balanced Pilates’ Opens its 2nd Studio at 17 Essex Today

Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

When word dropped earlier this year that a half-baked bar concept called Vote for Pedro wanted to open in the 400 square-foot sublevel space at 17 Essex Street, neighbors immediately mobilized to block the application. Both the Orchard Street Block Association and SPaCE posed a united front to ensure Community Board 3 delivered a denial. […]

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‘It’s My Park Day’ Happening at Seward Park Tomorrow

Posted May 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

The nascent Seward Park Conservancy group is hosting its annual ‘It’s My Park Day!’ at Seward Park this weekend – three hours packed with planting, music, family friendly activities (crafts, face painting), and the overall beautification of an outdoor neighborhood respite. The planting party is May 16, from 12-3pm, rain or shine. Volunteers are welcome, but […]

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Firefighters Battling Blaze on Essex Street Right Now [Updated]

Last modified May 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Firefighters are currently battling a fire at 153 Essex Street. A half-dozen trucks from the FDNY are parked curbside. Tower ladders in action. At Street level, it appears the fire is out. But the water is still flowing. Looks like the fancy glass box apartment is the one affected. They’re breaking through the bottom of […]

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Tenants of 43 Essex Street File Lawsuit Against Landlord for Harassment and Hazardous Conditions

Last modified April 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

The only pugilists representing 43 Essex Street now are the new building owner and his alleged henchman Michel Pimienta. G&S Sporting Goods completely divested from the Lower East Side last December after decades on the block. It’s amazing (and quite sad, frankly) how quickly the quality of life deteriorated since the sale. Just a few […]

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Essex Market Celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a Month of Festivities

Posted April 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

The second annual Lower East Side History Month is just a few days away. Yet this year, the celebration coincides nicely with the anniversary of a neighborhood institution. Yes, the Essex Street Market turns 75 years young in May. Certainly a milestone for a brick warehouse initially intended to house the Depression-era pushcarts. Throughout the […]

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Relocator Michel Pimienta Allegedly Harassing Tenants at 43 Essex Street; Stop-Work Order Issued for Illegal Gas Hookup

Posted April 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

After a generation of Zerling family ownership, it would appear 43 Essex Street is now in the wrong hands. The building that previously housed G&S Sporting Goods sold at the end of December for $6.9 million, and the new landlord is already in trouble with the Department of Buildings. Tenants are also allegedly being harassed. Story […]

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Benson’s Burger Joint Opens Today, Seeks to Break the Curse of 179 Essex

Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:17 am

The cursed north store of 179 Essex Street now hosts its latest nightlife entrant. Casa Humo wine bar finally went dark at the end of 2014, a short-lived affair that barely a year at this address. Its closure was expected. As reported back in November, another hopeful in a long line of failed businesses is rolling […]

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