Essex Street

Clayton’s Corner: Shine a Light on the Dark

Posted April 16, 2021 at 5:06 am

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, nights are especially dark on the streets of the Lower East Side. Fewer businesses, less activity, less overall light. In this latest installment of Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian shines a light on the darkness.

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Smorgasburg Takes Over from Hester Street Fair

Posted April 2, 2021 at 5:02 am

The Seward Park Co-op on Wednesday announced to its shareholders the entity to replace the Hester Street Fair. The housing complex, which owns the backside lot facing Essex Street, ultimately chose Smorgasburg as the operator. The company behind the behemoth market – Flea Industries – will impart the “Hester Flea,” beginning Saturdays later this month. […]

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Essex Street Property Named in Lawsuit Involving Philippines Billionaire

Posted March 31, 2021 at 5:08 am

The saga of 11 Essex Street – demolished for a fancy micro unit development – continues this week as the Lower East Side property is named in an international lawsuit against a Philippines billionaire. Bloomberg reported that Enrique Razon was sued in New York by a company claiming the tycoon illegally terminated an agreement for […]

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Queens Woman Behind Racist Comments Banned from Essex Market

Posted March 26, 2021 at 5:13 am

The Queens woman caught on camera hurling racist insults at the Essex Market on Sunday has been banned from both the Davidovich Bakery and the market. Meanwhile, the cashier on the receiving end of the comments – 30-year-old Vic Kamara – spoke out about the incident. Saying he was simply enforcing the Market’s mandatory mask […]

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Racial Slurs at Essex Market Go Viral After Customer Altercation

Posted March 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

A viral video making the rounds shows a woman spewing racial slurs at the Davidovich Bakery at Essex Market. The writer and civil rights activist, Shaun King, posted the short video to Facebook and Instagram, seeking to identify the customer as punishment for her remarks. She is seen without a mask and with stroller in […]

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Seward Park Co-op Boots Hester Street Fair in Favor of New Operator

Last modified March 23, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Hester Street Fair became a victim of its own success this spring, as its Seward Park Co-op overlord gave it the old heave-ho in favor of something new. Last year’s unique COVID-19 season was likely its last. Curbed had the scoop. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 for […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Martha Cooper to Middle Collegiate

Posted March 5, 2021 at 5:02 am

Clayton Patterson sent his latest dispatch of imagery from his recent neighborhood walkabouts. The latest Clayton’s Corner is here. Legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, standing beside a payphone in Astor Place that features one of her iconic images. NY PopsUp spent last weekend at the International Center of Photography on Essex Street. It drew crowds […]

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NY PopsUp with Performances at Essex Crossing

Posted March 3, 2021 at 5:06 am

A small crowd gathers outside the entrance to the International Center of Photography on Essex Street. Rain be damned. Music blares onto the street. Inside the sparse Essex Crossing storefront, behind plate-glass windows, a group of dancers prance around to the rhythm. The weekend spectacle was part of NY PopsUp, the months-long festival billed by […]

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Uncapped: In Conversation with Clayton Patterson and Cochise

Posted February 26, 2021 at 5:08 am

Oh hey, Boogie Faithful, it’s your favorite historian here announcing our new graf-related podcast. We’ve done a few episodes, literally, and for the latest, Clayton Patterson has come out of his Boogie corner. We chatted, we laughed, we discussed some esoteric, anecdotal and priceless Lower East Side history. Local native and artist Jose “Cochise” Quiles also […]

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‘King Kirby’ Podcast Celebrates the LES-Born Marvel Legend

Last modified February 18, 2021 at 11:42 am

In which the unsung hero of the Marvel universe gets his due. In a dramatic podcast. The famed Jack Kirby – born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 and onetime resident of 147 Essex Street – was the illustrator who put pen to paper in co-creating comic book juggernauts like Captain America, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, and […]

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