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Essex Market is Still Open for Business

Posted March 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Not even Essex Crossing is immune to the impact of COVID-19 spreading like wildfire throughout the city. Its marquee tenants are in various stages of flux. The Essex Market is open for the time being, albeit with limited hours of 8am to 8pm. Grocery vendors are open (at each vendor’s discretion), but prepared food vendors are […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Mickey the Pope and Drugs on the Lower East Side

Posted March 11, 2020 at 5:05 am

For this Clayton’s Corner, documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumed more 1980s drug-related photos from his archives on the Lower East Side. Overdosing Man passed out in the doorway of 159 Essex Street. It was an all-too common occurrence to see an addict overdosed in the doorway. Mickey “The Pope” Cesar Mickey was an eccentric character. In […]

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The Gutter’s Lower East Side Bowling Alley to Open at Essex Crossing ‘So Soon’

Posted March 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Five years after a bowling alley was first announced for Essex Crossing, the finish line is “so soon.” The Lower East Side iteration of The Gutter (aka The Gutter L.E.S.) – it’s based in Long Island City – is opening imminently, according to the Essex Crossing Instagram. It’s a 12-lane bowling alley occupying roughly 17,000 […]

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Move-ins Begin at Second Affordable Senior Building at Essex Crossing

Posted March 3, 2020 at 5:08 am

Another Essex Crossing development just came on line. The affordable senior building at 140 Essex Street is open. Tenant move-ins began and are ongoing, according to the latest news blast from the consortium of developers behind the billion-dollar project. There are a total of 92 affordable studio units in the eight-story residence (aka Site 8). […]

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11 Essex Street is Half its Former Self

Posted February 26, 2020 at 5:03 am

Nearly two decades of dormancy culminated with the destruction of 11 Essex Street. The writing was on the wall for the 112-year-old tenement, which had been wrapped in a death shroud late last year. As of this week, the demolition is nearing complete; the building has been cut down to half-size. As previously reported, real […]

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International Center of Photography Launches at Essex Crossing Next Week

Posted January 17, 2020 at 5:05 am

For the International Center of Photography, four years of transition come to an end next week, as the institution plans its inauguration at Essex Crossing. The 40,000 square-foot museum and school, reunited for the first time since the midtown move, will debut on January 25 with a free “Opening Community Day.” Visitors on day one […]

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‘Fancy Pharmacy’ is Moving from Essex Street After Decades on the Block

Posted January 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

A Lower East Side retail anchor is unmoored from its longtime location at the northwest corner of Essex and Rivington Streets. Fancy Pharmacy (and its unique store signage) is not long for this spot. A sandwich board outside the store indicates that the drugstore is relocating, though not too far away. Its new location is […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Essex Street Crack Busts in the 1990s [PHOTOS]

Last modified January 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

In this next installment of Clayton’s Corner, Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson exhumes the drug-heavy history of Essex Street in the 1990s. The bodega at the end of my block (179 Essex Street) was a cocaine store. One of the owners was murdered in Washington Heights. As locals, we were regular customers. Never bought […]

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Underdog ‘Togo’ Finally Gets Credit in Disney+ Film

Posted December 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Balto always takes the credit, but the real underdog was always Togo. And now he’s got a movie of his own. It all started in the small Alaskan town of Nome, where, in 1925, diphtheria killed two children and was on the rise. Closest town with the medicine was Nenana, located 674 miles away. It […]

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International Center of Photography Readies January Reopening at Essex Crossing with Ginormous Photo Display

Posted December 13, 2019 at 5:06 am

Another big-box occupant at Essex Crossing goes live in just a few weeks. In January 2020, the International Center of Photography will unveil its “new, fully integrated” facility at 242 Broome Street. A ginormous, three-story photograph is currently hanging in the windows facing Essex Street as teaser ahead of launch. Shot by school alum Rochelle Brock, […]

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