Celebrating its 79th Birthday, Essex Street Market Move Pushed to Spring
The Essex Street Market celebrated its 79th birthday this week. A bittersweet milestone, for sure, as its home of eight decades will soon be demolished.
Though, not as fast as previously thought.
In due course, as reported, all vendors in the current warehouse block will relocate across Delancey Street to the marquee building of Essex Crossing. Said move was supposed to have transpired last September. However, the Economic Development Corp, which runs the market, determined that they wouldn’t meet that deadline, so it was instead pushed to spring 2019.
While the official party line remains rather ambiguous, at least three different merchants inside the market told us that the move will probably happen sometime in March.
So, you have just a couple more months to roam the floor before the historic building is pulverized.
The row of Market buildings was erected along Essex Street (between Broome and Stanton) in January 1940 by order of Mayor LaGuardia as a means of moving the Lower East Side pushcart industry inside.