The Municipal Lot on Ludlow Street Closes April 15 for Essex Crossing; ‘Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’ Moves to CSV Center

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Essex Crossing is advancing at quite the clip these days. Phase I is well underway; it’s unstoppable now. The 75 year-old Essex Market warehouse on Site 2 is basically a pile of rubble, razed for a glassy, 24-story mixed-use tower called the Gateway. Next up, the through-block Municipal parking lot right across the street.

Messaging of its imminent demise went out last week via onsite signage. Indeed, orange placards placed along the perimeter warn motorists that the lot – referred to as Site 1 in real estate circles – closes for good on April 15. No mas. Thereafter, we are to expect a thirteen-story building that carries a condo component of 55 units, 11 of which are “affordable.” Plus, a Bowlmor is still rumored for the basement; the Andy Warhol Museum, an early pairing for Essex Crossing, backed out of the project entirely last month.

Actual groundbreak won’t begin until later this spring.

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Obviously Shakespeare in the Parking Lot isn’t happening here this summer, as previously reported. Not to worry, though. The displaced twenty-one-year-old troupe just found a new home for its outdoor performances at the Clemente Soto Velez Center a few blocks away. They’ll inaugurate the new Norfolk Street HQ this summer with two shows: “As You Like It,” from July 9 to 26, and “Macbeth,” from July 30 to August 15.

Given this latest development, it’s important to reiterate that Essex Crossing will not add any new parking to the Lower East Side. But is removing plenty.

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