You Have Until Sunday to Say Goodbye to the Old Essex Street Market
You only have a few more days to shop the Essex Street Market as it was. Then comes the wrecking ball.
This Sunday, the seventy-nine-year-old brick headquarters will close its doors forever. Two weeks later, on May 18, the Market is to reopen across Delancey Street, inside the 26-story Essex Crossing development called The Essex.
Meanwhile, vendors in the obsolete location are preparing for the move. There is a palpable bittersweet feeling here. Giving up the charming, quirky for glitzy comfort.
The row of extinct 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 hectic Lower East Side pushcart industry inside.