Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ is Months Delayed, but Expected Soon

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 at 5:14 am by
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The Essex Street Market is still banking on city-implemented infrastructure, albeit temporary, to help solve its foot traffic woes. As previously reported, the Lower East Side BID is working with the Department of Transportation to implement a seasonal Street Seat outside the brick warehouse on Essex and Delancey.

And, of course, it’s delayed.

Its debut was initially slated for May 1 in order to coincide with the 75th anniversary celebrations. But that never happened. Now, nearly three months later, Katie Archer from the BID tells us that the Street Seat is “in the process of final approvals with DOT.” It’s conceivable, we are told, that installation will happen sometime in August.

The Street Seat is a makeshift seating area – with plantings and possible adjacent mural – that is seasonal in nature. During the warmer months, the imported wooden infrastructure will occupy a 70-foot length (7-foot width) of pavement outside the northernmost entrance of the Essex Market. At the expense of four parking spaces (really two, since the others are no parking zones). The BID’s design for the new pedestrian-friendly project reportedly incorporates the pushcart past into the design. The public will have access, perhaps spurring more business to the market itself.

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Plans for a Street Seat at Essex Market

The Street Seat will remain in place through October (or, November the latest).

As for business, Essex Market had accused owner-operator Economic Development Corp. of not properly increasing visibility of the market. The hope here is that by adding a public amenity to the exterior, inherent “visual cues” will indicate that the market is open. At least for the next three years while the 24-story replacement is constructed at Site 2 of Essex Crossing.

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