New Essex Street Market Sets Opening Date at Essex Crossing [Updated]
Seventy-nine is a momentous age for the Essex Street Market.
Now, more than five years in the making, the Lower East Side institution opened by Mayor LaGuardia in 1940 is finally ready to cross Delancey. The date for its opening at Essex Crossing has been set. Mark the calendar for Monday morning, May 13.
In addition, the Market announced yesterday evening the grand opening party that will introduce the new retail digs (88 Essex Street) to the community. The fete, slated for May 18, includes live music, food tastings, cooking demos, and children’s activities. Festivities are from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
It had been a tough half-decade for the Market. Plans for the redevelopment of SPURA as Essex Crossing first hit the media back in September 2013, revealing that Site 2 would house the new facility. This caused confusion in the intervening years, as many customers believed that the Market had closed. Foot traffic fell, and struggling vendors banded together to ensure their landlord – the Economic Development Corp. – improved the messaging. Their plight later rebounded.
The new Essex Street Market – located inside the 26-Story development atop the ashes of the Olympic Restaurant – includes all current vendors, plus fifteen flashy neighborhood additions. In total, roughly forty modern-day peddlers are on the roster.