Get a Glimpse Inside the New Essex Street Market [PHOTOS]

Posted on: February 4th, 2019 at 5:06 am by

Here it is – your first look inside the New Essex Street Market at Essex Crossing.

The stubborn plywood encasement and scaffolding was recently removed from the exterior of 115 Delancey Street (aka Essex Crossing Site 2), revealing an unobstructed sight-line into the future home of the 79-year-old market.

Opening is technically slated for this spring, but several shopkeepers tell us it could be as early as next month. All current vendors from the original, 1940-era warehouse are slated to make the jump across Delancey, joining a cast of newcomers, too (Chinatown Ice Cream Factory et al).

Meanwhile, the Lower East Side Partnership, a harbinger of area gentrification and art-washing, currently seeks artist submissions for a new mural to greet customers on a 32-foot-by-22-foot wall inside the expansive space.

This new 26-story development – dubbed The Essex – also houses a 14-screen Regal Cinemas theater, a section of the Market Line, and 195 rental apartments upstairs (half affordable).

The row of brick-box Market buildings spanning Essex Street, between Broome and Stanton, was erected in January 1940 by order of Mayor LaGuardia as a means of forcing the Lower East Side pushcart industry inside.

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