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

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 at 9:35 am by
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Photo: NYC Municipal ArchivesIn 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. As you can see, the land was already cleared. What’s super cool about the shot is seeing the Streit’s Matzo advertisement in the bottom right corner. Some of the other businesses include Meyer’s luncheonette and the Delancey Bar & Grill.

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These particular parcels – now collectively known as SPURA Lot 9 – are not slated for demolition and development until the decade is out (i.e. 2019). This allows the proper time cushion needed for Essex Market vendors to relocate across Delancey upon completion of the new 24-story tower on Site 2.

Meanwhile, the Essex Street Market has been celebrating its 75th year with a month of programming. Festivities will be capped on May 31 with a block party.

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