Essex Crossing

The Unholy Alliance of New York City Upzoning and how it’s Affecting the Lower East Side [OP-ED]

Posted December 16, 2019 at 5:03 am

The following editorial was written by nascent grassroots group, Lower East Side Against upzoning. Today City Planning Commission votes on the two-towered development atop Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. A new tact employed by large for-profit developers is to obliterate zoning rules to capture vast public resources for private gain. The strategy innovated to rewrite city zoning […]

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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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DCP to Hear Zoning Variance Proposal for Beth Hamedrash Hagadol Towers

Last modified December 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm

The proposed two-towered development atop the fire-ravaged Beth Hamedrash Hagadol site is the subject of a public hearing before the Department of City Planning this week. The size and heft of the block-long beast – co-developed by Gotham Organization and the Chinese-American Planning Council – is apparently not permissible under the current zoning designation (R-8). […]

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Last Low-Rise Retail Strip on Delancey Street Nets $14M

Posted November 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

The last low-rise strip of retail on the Delancey Street corridor just changed hands for the handsome sum of $14 million. For more than four years, the single-story row of retail at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge on had been pitched as a prime development opportunity. Until this past September when we caught wind […]

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Eldridge Street Development Listed for $21M

Posted November 26, 2019 at 5:09 am

With Essex Crossing almost completely operational, the trend is to cash out. Specifically those building owners orbiting the billion-dollar development, who can now command top price. The eight-story development at 165 Eldridge Street, north of Delancey, is next up. The seventeen-year-old housing complex hit the market last week (via Compass) for a whopping $21 million. […]

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The Market Line Brings a Food Court to the Lower East Side

Posted November 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Market Line is finally here, the next-most ambitious component of the Essex Crossing mega-development. Opening day was Friday. When we stopped by, vendors were still rushing with the finishing touches. Walking around the basement bazaar, the vibe felt like a more “elevated” version of a mall food court. However, rather than the usual greasy, […]

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Lower East Side Partnership is Leaving Orchard Street for Essex Crossing

Posted November 21, 2019 at 5:06 am

The Lower East Side Partnership is packing up and on the move. Headed toward the greener pastures of Essex Crossing. And now, the space it called home for the last decade-plus is again available. A leasing sign is currently pasted in the window of 54 Orchard Street. The local business improvement district signed a ten-year […]

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Henry Street Settlement Facility Moves to Essex Crossing

Last modified November 22, 2019 at 1:06 pm

The Henry Street Settlement is Essex Crossing-bound. In part. Its Workforce Development Center just relocated from the corner of Essex and Delancey Streets – atop the McDonald’s – to a new spot at 178 Broome (aka Site 6). Signs on the front door of the center alert locals of the imminent move. Basically, Site 6 […]

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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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Market Line Debuts Beneath Essex Market this Friday

Posted November 19, 2019 at 5:04 am

Come Friday, Essex Crossing hits another goal. Debut of the Market Line. There have been no official communications about the launch, but this date is two days later than participating vendors had previously communicated. (And a full season later than publicized at the Market itself.) Once fully operational, the Market Line is to occupy 150,000 […]

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