Essex Street

‘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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Art Basel Banana Surfaces on Essex Street

Posted December 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Not since Velvet Underground has a banana polarized so. You may have seen the viral story about the banana fastened to a wall at Art Basel fetching $120,000 in the name of “art.” Back home on the Lower East Side, the locals have added their two cents about Maurizio Cattelan’s work (known for the golden […]

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Remodeled Seward Park Reopens to the Public

Last modified December 9, 2019 at 2:46 pm

The remodeled Seward Park is now open to the public. Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing. Improvements include new park furnishings, equipment, expanded garden area, and renovated library plaza. Yet probably the most significant change […]

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The $6.4M Redesigned Seward Park Reopens Next Week

Posted December 2, 2019 at 5:09 am

Years of planning, politicking, and fundraising culminates later this month in the opening of the redesigned Seward Park. Completed in just about six months, this $6.4 million capital works project refreshed many of the deteriorating conditions of the park. And in arguably record timing. As previously reported, the Seward Park Conservancy fought the last several […]

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Clayton’s Corner: One More for the Door [PHOTOS]

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:08 am

Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson returns with his eponymous photo essay series, Clayton’s Corner. Patterson has documented thousands of locals posing at his front door on Essex Street over the last three decades. This unassuming neighborhood portal is legendary amongst locals, even though you probably haven’t heard of it. Hakki Akdeniz. Known professionally as Famous […]

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Samesa is the First Vendor Casualty in the New Essex Market

Posted November 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

Open only six months, the first vendor of the new Essex Market has gone belly up. Not one of the long-timers, though. Samesa ended its brief run earlier this month. Established by brothers Max and Eli Sussman in 2016, Samesa first announced its Lower East Side grab-and-go stall one year ago. The Middle Eastern restaurant […]

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Famous Hakki Opens ‘Cluck’s’ Fried Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Posted November 18, 2019 at 5:03 am

Famous pizza maker Hakki Akdeniz just unveiled his latest fast food concept. It’s chicken-focused fast food and seems poised to collect plenty of cash from weekend revelers in Hell Square. Cluck’s debuted last week at 115 Essex Street, mere steps from Hakki’s Champion Pizza. The signature menu offering here is the “chicken cone,” which is […]

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