The Market Line Brings a Food Court to the Lower East Side

Posted on: November 25th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

The Market Line is finally here, the next-most ambitious component of the Essex Crossing mega-development.

Opening day was Friday. When we stopped by, vendors were still rushing with the finishing touches.

Walking around the basement bazaar, the vibe felt like a more “elevated” version of a mall food court. However, rather than the usual greasy, toilet-inducing grub, the Market Line peddles many of the same local food businesses to which you are accustomed.

Mini replicas of Veselka, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Pickle Guys, and Doughnut Plant all line the floor. Some footprints larger than others. For instance, Veselka has a self-contained duplicate at the bottom of the main stairwell.

Once fully operational, the Market Line is to occupy 150,000 square-feet beneath three contiguous Essex Crossing developments on the south side of Delancey Street. There are two dozen vendors out of the gate.

Every mall needs a food court. Even on the Lower East Side.

Recent Stories

Rebirth of 63 Pitt Street is a 12-Story Residential Tower

A new luxury rental building is on the docket for Pitt Street. In due course, the pre-war tenement building at 63 Pitt Street will be destroyed to make way for a twelve-story apartment complex. Plans have been underway for the last couple years. However, Department of Buildings issued permits late last month for both the […]

Mugger Snatches Cash from 75-Year-Old in Grand Street Subway Station

A 75-year-old man was mugged last weekend inside the Grand Street subway station on the Lower East Side, police said. According to the police report, the victim was purchasing a fare at the MetroCard machine on the mezzanine at about 1:00pm on Saturday, when he was approached by an unidentified man. The perp allegedly began […]

Museum at Eldridge Street Reopens Next Month

The Museum at Eldridge Street is awakening from the pandemic slumber. After a year-and-change, the historic synagogue is planning to reopen on June 1. The biggest change is that all tours are now conducted in a digital, self-guided format, rather than with an in-person guide. The tours will be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. […]

Broad Daylight Bike Theft Outside Luxury Condo on Orchard Street

Thieves are becoming more brazen on the Lower East Side. Case in point, this bike thief on Orchard Street in broad daylight. A resident captured video of this man clipping a lock at 11:30am outside the luxury condo building at 196 Orchard Street on Sunday morning. The thief used an angle grinder to cut the […]

‘Cock’ Fight at CB3 Over Rivington Street Club

The Cock fight appears to be heating up. A large, vocal contingent of Hell Square residents is diametrically opposed to the bar moving into the former home of Fat Baby on Rivington Street. At issue is the business itself, which has come under fire in recent years from Second Avenue residents for being an unruly […]