75 Years Later, the Essex Market Building at Broome Street is Coming Down

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 at 5:15 am by
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In less than two months, the Essex Street Market is to celebrate its 75th anniversary on the Lower East Side. So it’s worth noting that its long-vacant warehouse south of Delancey is currently being reduced to a pile of rubble. Essex Crossing and its 24-story Gateway tower are coming…

Demolition permits were actually filed almost a year ago, but only recently did the actual work commence. The scaffolding and netting arrived last week, with drilling and mechanical movements of the machinery becoming a constant drain on the senses. Anyway, much of the takedown is currently focused on the southern section of the premises (corner of Broome Street).

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SPURA Site 2 is the kickoff for Essex Crossing, and will eventually sprout a glassy 24-story tower. As reported, plans for “The Gateway” include the relocated Essex Market, 14-screen Regal movie theater (1,250 seats), a 12,000 square-foot urban farm on the roof of the five-story podium, and 195 residential units (split 50-50 market rate, affordable). Expect construction to follow later this spring, and continue for at least three years.

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