Essex Market ‘Street Seat’ Finally Sees the Light of Day Ahead of Saturday’s Block Party

Posted on: May 19th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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Ahead of the now-annual Essex Street Market anniversary block party on Saturday – the institution turns 76 this year during Lower East Side History Month – that newfangled “Street Seat” is finally seeing the light of day. The wooden platform was installed curbside yesterday afternoon on the east side of Essex Street. Desired goal is for this installation to extend the overall shopping experience of the market.

As previously reported, this makeshift seating area is permanent in its impermanence. In other words, seasonal. The setup boasts box platforms that evoke crates, as well as plantings, tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Until the weather cools next fall, the imported wooden infrastructure occupies a 42-by-7-foot rectangle of pavement outside the northernmost entrance of the Essex Market (this is down from the 72-feet proposed last year). It comes at the expense of two parking spaces; although there’s still plenty of parking in the Municipal garage across the street.

The Essex Market Street Seat was actually supposed to happen in May 2015 for the 75th anniversary. The necessary approvals were previously met, but the setup never realized. The recently-renamed Lower East Side Partnership, steward of marketing the market, revealed after-the-fact that the cancelation was much ado over cost overruns and unspecified Department of Transportation “delays.”

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