The New Essex Market at Essex Crossing Pushed Back to November
The new Essex Street Market is no longer opening this month as previously announced. Along the way, the timeline subtly changed to a nebulous “fall 2018.” Instead, a November launch is now on the books.
The Economic Development Corp. – owner of the 78-year-old market – couldn’t be pinned down for an actual date, but it’s not a well-kept secret. Other publications have noted the November launch.
As previously reported, the 24-story tower occupying Site 2 (aka The Essex at 115 Delancey) is home of the new market. Nearly eight decades after Mayor LaGuardia first forced the Lower East Side pushcart vendors indoors. The upgraded headquarters boasts ground floor and mezzanine with two restaurants and a demo kitchen.
Two-dozen existing vendors will make the jump across the street, with opening for business a few days after the fact. Fourteen new vendors are also added to the current roster, including Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and longtime favorites like Sugar Sweet Sunshine, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, and Exit 9 gift shop.
Several of these new vendors “will require some additional build-outs and other logistical processes to be complete before they can open in their stalls,” an EDC spokesperson tells us. “We expect that process to be complete sometime in early 2019.”