New Essex Street Market Sets Opening Date at Essex Crossing [Updated]

Posted on: April 24th, 2019 at 4:30 am by

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.

Recent Stories

Pandemic Shift: Tile Bar

On March 16, 2020, New York City bars were ordered shut by the governor. While some waited for reopening, many wondered if that would happen. In “Pandemic Shift,” co-creators Andrew Hunter and Aaron Fischer captured the moments and moods of service workers in front of their closed establishments. Mark is leaned up against the Tile […]

Brute Beats Elderly Man, Steals Cane at East Broadway Bodega

A mugger punched an 82-year-old man in the head and stole his cane at a Lower East Side bodega earlier this week. The elderly victim was inside the Big Apple Food Market on Clinton Street, near East Broadway, at around 6:20am this past Wednesday. As the man was buying a cup of coffee, a stranger […]

Fix the Hell Square Chaos: An Open Letter to CB3 and Elected Officials

The following open letter was written by a concerned resident of Hell Square who wishes to remain anonymous. Dear Community Board 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Council member Margaret Chin, Council Member Carlina Rivera, Borough […]

Report: Chalk Artist Hash Halper Dies After Jumping from Brooklyn Bridge

A street artist known for drawing chalk hearts on the surfaces of downtown has died. The New York Post reports that pop art creative Hash Halper, aged 41, leaped from the Brooklyn Bridge last Friday. He did not survive the fall. The colorful hearts began in 2014, while the self-proclaimed “New York Romantic” worked at […]

Marte City Council Campaign Fights Back Against PAC Smear Ads

As soon as early voting began last weekend, District 1 City Council candidate Christopher Marte found himself in the crosshairs of a series of attack ads launched by Common Sense NYC Inc., a Super PAC whose top three funders are Stephen Ross, Ronald Lauder, and Jack Cayre. While City Council campaign dollars are limited, Super […]