Essex Street

Vendors Return to the Market Line on the Lower East Side

Posted July 7, 2020 at 5:07 am

As the city slowly attempts to normalize in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown, so too does Essex Crossing. Its underground food court – the Market Line – is now back to business. Several vendors returned and are open, albeit via pick up and delivery only. Those who live within a ten-mile radius of the Market […]

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Beverly’s Bar Shutters After 7 Years on Essex Street

Posted July 6, 2020 at 5:02 am

The pink neons have gone dark, as Essex Street loses one of its cool kid hangs. Beverly’s, the trendy art bar founded in late-2012 by Sweet Paradise veteran Leah Dixon, closed forever last week. Just shy of its eighth birthday. A leasing sign hangs awkwardly from the rolldown gate. “We are looking reality in the […]

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Seward Park Reopens After COVID-19 Closure

Posted June 22, 2020 at 5:05 am

With the big thaw of Phase 2 reopening today, the public parks around the city are likewise reanimating. Friday afternoon saw the reopening of both Tompkins Square Park in Alphabet City and Seward Park here on the Lower East Side. The gardens, playgrounds, and courts in the latter are finally back in play for public usage […]

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Clayton Patterson Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:07 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian, Clayton Patterson, is getting his own biography. An illustrated one, at that. The colorful homage is curated by Julian Voloj, and features the work of eighteen artists paying tribute to Patterson’s life and works in graphic novel form. The anthology is aptly titled, Clayton: Godfather of Lower East Side Documentary. […]

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Despite Governor’s Recent Reopening Mandate, Seward Park Courts Remain Padlocked [Updated]

Last modified May 22, 2020 at 10:38 am

During this Covid-19 pandemic, students and community have forfeited sports and other outdoor activities for weeks.  They crave a resumption in activity, yet here on the Lower East Side, are blocked by the collective Seward Park high schools. The padlocks remain in place on a valuable neighborhood asset – the Seward Park Campus/Community Playground, situated […]

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Clayton’s Corner: At the Front Door with Masks

Posted April 16, 2020 at 5:05 am

In this installment of Clayton’s Corner, we return to the front door on Essex Street. Photographer Clayton Patterson’s ongoing archive of neighborhood folk posing in front of his home entrance takes on new meaning during this COVID-19 shutdown. Namely, with face masks.

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Food Delivery for Clayton and Jim During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted April 9, 2020 at 5:07 am

New York is ramping up for some tough weeks of battling Covid-19, but one thing the virus can’t do is break the spirit of its inhabitants. Neighbors are looking out for each other. The Village Sun previously reported that filmmakers Jeff Brenner and Adam Juegos spent March 22 hustling around the city to buy groceries and […]

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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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