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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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Essex Crossing Announces Lottery for Site 8 Senior Housing

Posted June 20, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another Essex Crossing development is poised to debut. The housing lottery for the senior apartments at Site 8 is now live. There are a total of 92 affordable studio units up for grabs in the eight-story construction. To qualify, senior households (age 62+) must earn between zero and sixty percent of Area Median Income. Residents […]

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Essex Market Vendor ‘Rainbo’s Fish Market’ Retires After More than 40 Years

Posted May 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

With all the fanfare the last couple weeks for the new Essex Street Market, it was pretty easy to miss the loss of two longtime vendors. At the end of April, shortly before the move across Delancey to Essex Crossing, the decades-old Rainbo’s fish market and sister vendor Tra La La Juice Bar both called […]

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First Impressions of the New Essex Market, Now Open on the Lower East Side [PHOTOS]

Posted May 14, 2019 at 5:09 am

Seventy-nine years after its founding, the next generation Essex Street Market officially launched yesterday morning in the base of The Essex, with much pomp and circumstance. Politicians, ribbon cutting, the works. But it actually soft-opened over the weekend. We took a walk through and recorded our first impressions, posted here in no particular order. Everything […]

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