5 Essex Street

Cactus Store Returns Saturday for Third Season on Essex Street

Posted May 22, 2019 at 5:06 am

Unless (or until) development takes hold at 5 Essex Street, the annual cactus retail setup will continue. For the third year running, the Los Angeles-based Cactus Store is set to return this season. Ownership confirmed the plans, and relayed an opening date of this Saturday (May 25). All the infrastructure is still in place, including […]

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‘Cactus Store’ Kicks off Second Lower East Side Residency on Saturday

Posted May 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Cactus Store is back for a second season on the Lower East Side. The Los Angeles-based company has been busy of late, readying the vacant lot at 5 Essex Street. A quick visit reveals a forest-like setup of “hearty” bamboo shoots, quite the departure from the open space “theater setup” from last summer. The […]


Cactus Store’s Essex Street Pop-Up Stand Closes Down on Sunday

Posted October 23, 2017 at 5:10 am

With autumn in full swing, seasonal shops are transitioning. Down on Essex Street, the Cactus Store is less than a week shy of departing westward. The Los Angeles-based cactus purveyor is slated to end its pop-up at 5 Essex Street next Sunday (October 29). They apparently received the last shipment of the season before it […]

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Trendy LA-Based ‘Cactus Store’ Now Selling out of Essex Street Greenhouse

Posted June 19, 2017 at 9:33 am

The seven-years-dormant lot at 5 Essex Street is now a temporary open-air Cactus market. The store launched last Thursday evening with an invite-only party, but opened to the public on Saturday during the torrential downpours. News of this retail endeavor – The Cactus Store – was shrouded in secrecy for weeks, until we first broke […]

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Outdoor ‘Cactus Store’ Sets up Shop in Vacant Essex Street Lot

Posted June 12, 2017 at 5:14 am

The sudden rebirth of the dormant lot at 5 Essex Street is now upon us. That “garden” replacement we told you about last month is actually less a refuge, and more a retail endeavor. Indeed, the lot is henceforth converted into a seasonal plant store, which explains the new open-air pavilion feel, complete with pavers […]

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Vacant Essex Street Lot Reborn as ‘Temporary’ Garden Space

Posted May 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

In a rather uncharacteristic turn of events, the property owner of 5 Essex Street is converting the long-dormant lot into green space. Over the last several days, workers were spotted marking off a rectangular parcel of land and adding a bed of gravel. A new plywood fence was also installed. Site intel reveals that a […]

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Street Support for Trayvon Martin

Posted March 26, 2012 at 6:18 am

Now support for the cause is going grassroots with flyer campaigns and wheat-paste statements.

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A Brief History of M. Schames & Son at 3 Essex

Posted December 13, 2010 at 6:07 am

Since posting about the relocation of neighborhood paint purveyor M. Schames & Son to 90 Delancey, we’ve been in contact with ownership regarding the origins of their former headquarters at 3 Essex Street.  And it’s quite extensive!  Although the City of New York dates the building to around 1909, the tenement is allegedly much older. […]

Coming Soon: Schames Paint Supply at 90 Delancey

Last modified May 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Roughly forty-eight hours after strong winds violently revealed the ghost of Vicmarr Electronics’ past on Delancey, there is now a fresh canopy in place.  Yesterday afternoon, a pair of workers on ladders installed the new store signage for Schames Paint Supply, which is relocating north from its perennial Essex Street HQ.

Demolition of 5 Essex Complete

Posted February 10, 2010 at 6:25 am

This is what’s left of 5 Essex Street after two months of demolition work.  The turn-of-the-century sanitarium and onetime home of Dembitzer Brothers Electronics is now just a pile of bricks.