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Market Crossings: Essex Street Market Unveils New Illustrated History Display

Posted February 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

The Economic Development Corp. completed installation of its “history display” inside the Essex Market this week. More flow chart than mural, the new addition, located in the northern extreme of the building, illustrates the history of the Market vis-a-vis the pushcart economy of the Lower East Side. The story begins in 1900, cataloging the rise of […]

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Essex Street Market to Unveil ‘History Display’ Showing Evolution from Pushcarts to Essex Crossing

Posted January 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Essex Street Market is truly trying to increase visibility and awareness these days. That was the number-one complaint from its vendors the last several years, who accused the city ownership – the Economic Development Corporation – of dropping the ball amidst larger plans for Essex Crossing. Since the various discussion vis-a-vis Community Board 3 […]

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Santa Claus is Coming to the Essex Street Market Tomorrow

Posted December 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

Here’s one Santa who won’t be puking all over the Lower East Side. That’s right: jolly old St. Nick is coming to the Lower East Side this weekend. It’s all part of Essex Street Market’s annual yuletide cheer, which includes making your own ornament, trimming the Market Christmas tree, and hot chocolate and candy canes for everyone, despite […]

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Former Essex Street Market Butcher Jeffrey Ruhalter Died Last Week at 60

Posted August 22, 2016 at 5:11 am

Sad news. Jeffrey Ruhalter, the beloved butcher who held court in the Essex Street Market for decades, passed away last Wednesday from cancer. He was 60. The grieving family released the following statement. Sylvia and Allen Ruhalter, their daughter Francine Levine, cousins, nieces, and nephews and friends mourn the loss of our beloved Jeffrey Richard […]

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Top Hops Debuts New ‘To Go’ Beer Stall Inside Essex Street Market

Posted August 12, 2016 at 5:14 am

It’s now official. Craft beer is for sale inside the Essex Street Market. Top Hops Beer, headquartered on Orchard Street for four years running, just expanded with a tiny stall inside the 76-year-old marketplace. The annex had been in the making for almost a year before debuting last week. As previously reported, the takeaway craft […]

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Top Hops ‘To-Go’ at Essex Market Delayed, Now Opening Next Tuesday

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:12 am

After several delays, Top Hops will actually debut its new micro dispensary next week inside the Essex Street Market. Plans are to open the new beer stall Tuesday at 10am (August 2). As previously reported, the takeaway craft beer spot carries fifty varieties of bottled/canned brew, four tap lines into local drafts for growlers, and […]

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With Arrival of Top Hops this Week, You Can Now Buy Beer at the Essex Street Market

Posted July 18, 2016 at 5:10 am

Popular Orchard Street beer dispensary, Top Hops Beer Shop, is on the verge of opening its long-in-the-works “to-go” concept inside the Essex Street Market. Meaning, the seventy-six-year-old commercial warehouse is no longer a dry establishment. Top Hops signed a lease last fall for the space formerly occupied by Essex Flowers in the southeast corner of […]

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Essex Street Market Attendance Woes in the Rearview?

Posted June 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

In March 2015, vendors operating within the Essex Street Market went DEFCON-2 over foot traffic woes and apparent lack of overall management acumen by the city, whose Economic Development Corporation is in charge. Now, however, it seems like everything is peachy inside the 76-year-old facility; a full 180 from last year’s dire assessment. What changed, you […]

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Essex Street Market Coated in Colorful New Mural to Help Visibility Woes

Posted June 14, 2016 at 5:12 am

The Economic Development Corporation is now banking on street art to help solve visibility issues for the Essex Street Market. Facade makeover began over the weekend and remains ongoing. As you can see, approximately one-third of the masonry is now painted like trippy wallpaper. This new mural is the latest attempt by the city, and […]

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Shopping the Essex Street Market in 1969 [PHOTOS]

Posted May 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

This month marks the 76th anniversary of the Essex Street Market. With three years left until the collection of warehouse buildings is cleared for the opulence of Essex Crossing, it’s important to remember the history being left behind. These one-story brick structures were built by order of Mayor LaGuardia in 1940, with the purpose of […]

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