5 Essex Street

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.

Update: Demolition of 5 Essex Street

Posted January 11, 2010 at 6:11 am

As we speak, history is being dismantled and funneled through a demolition chute to a curbside dumpster.  Indeed, the three-story building at 5 Essex Street, a onetime sanitarium and former home of Dembitzer Brothers Electronics and the Chinese New Taoism Association, is dying a slow death.  About half the original structure remains on the lot. […]

5 Essex Street to be Demolished

Last modified December 30, 2009 at 10:02 am

The onetime home of Dembitzer Brothers Electronics and the Chinese New Taoism Association will soon be reduced to a pile of rubble.  Indeed, the DOB deemed the decrepit structure at 5 Essex Street an imminent danger to the community, and unfit for habitation.  An official letter stapled to the plywood, dated November 18, clearly states that the […]