Essex Market

Childhood Friends from LES Open Juice Bar at Essex Market

Posted July 30, 2020 at 5:04 am

With the Essex Market now back to some sense of normalcy, there is also some new blood flowing in. Essex Squeeze, a juice bar founded by two childhood friends from the Lower East Side (Cedric Hernandez and Charles DeLaCruz), joins the roster of vendors. The business serves up what you might expect – healthy options […]

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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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Roni-Sue’s Chocolates Focuses on Essex Market Stall as MTA Construction Sidelines Forsyth Street Store

Last modified March 6, 2020 at 10:38 am

Lower East Side chocolatier, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, no longer has a public-facing brick-and-mortar presence. Its store at 148 Forsyth Street recently shuttered after nearly seven years on the block. Signage affixed to the drawn grate steers customers to the new Essex Street Market, where the business maintains a stall. Owner Rhonda Kave tells us that MTA […]

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Art Basel Banana Surfaces on Essex Street

Posted December 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

Not since Velvet Underground has a banana polarized so. You may have seen the viral story about the banana fastened to a wall at Art Basel fetching $120,000 in the name of “art.” Back home on the Lower East Side, the locals have added their two cents about Maurizio Cattelan’s work (known for the golden […]

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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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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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New Roma Pizza Shutters as Essex Crossing Looms

Posted October 30, 2019 at 5:00 am

New Roma Pizza, a longtime fast food fixture at the northeast corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, closed for good last night. And quietly, at that. The contents of the pizzeria – furnishings and cooking equipment – are the subject of an onsite auction later this morning. New Roma has been holding down 116 Delancey […]

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Essex Market Shut Down for Private Maker’s Mark Event, Leaving Locals Confused [Updated]

Last modified October 11, 2019 at 9:36 am

The following guest post was written by Joshua Cohen, a Lower East Side resident and patron of Essex Market. I think the Essex Market, generally speaking, has been a great model for public-private partnerships. But last night, the Market hosted a private event for Maker’s Mark whiskey, where the local community’s interested were certainly not […]

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First Look Inside the New Essex Restaurant, Opening Across the Street on Rivington

Posted July 8, 2019 at 5:02 am

For The Essex restaurant inside its now-shuttered namesake market building, the move across the street is progressing, albeit at a slow pace. The nineteen-year-old establishment now occupies the ground floor of 124 Rivington, where build-out has been ongoing for months. (This is the former commercial office previously targeted by La Caverna for an expansion of […]

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Remembering the Olympic Restaurant on the Fifth Anniversary of its Closure

Posted July 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

Remember the Olympic? It’s like it was never even there. Now, the 26-story shit-brown skyscraper known as The Essex rules the spot with luxury rentals, the new Essex Market, and a Regal Cinema. However, this past Sunday was the anniversary of its closure. The Olympic Restaurant closed down exactly five years ago. Their departure in […]

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