Someone Tell the EDC These Banners Aren’t Enough to Help the Essex Street Market

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 at 10:13 am by

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You may have noticed those new banners affixed to the Essex Street Market during business hours. Each one introduces the vendors operating within, part of a seemingly half-assed initiative to market the Market. The Economic Development Corporation, the longtime owner-operator, really needs to do more than just hang profile banners on the outside of the 75-year-old warehouse.

The purported slip in foot traffic this past year claimed the loss of Essex Flowers, Heritage Meat, and Brooklyn Taco, and was blamed on the EDC.

Reacting to the lack of action on their behalf, business owners here previously joined forces to create the Essex Street Vendors Association. Its purpose is to advocate for the various vendors within the Market. One of the main concerns, other than management, is that the focus has really been on the new location inside the 24-story Essex Crossing tower, and not the current reality. Yes, this facility won’t close for at least another four years, and those there now feel slighted.

Will the vendors actually make the jump across Delancey?

Meanwhile, the Essex Street Vendors Association will stand before Community Board 3 tonight to seek support from the Land Use subcommittee.

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Where Heritage Meat and Brooklyn Taco once held court

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