Olympic Restaurant

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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New Essex Street Market Sets Opening Date at Essex Crossing [Updated]

Last modified April 24, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Seventy-nine is a momentous age for the Essex Street Market. Now, more than five years in the making, the Lower East Side institution opened by Mayor LaGuardia in 1940 is finally ready to cross Delancey. The date for its opening at Essex Crossing has been set. Mark the calendar for Monday morning, May 13. In […]

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Essex Crossing Lays Waste to Essex Street Market in Week 3 of Demolition [PHOTOS]

Posted March 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

As demolition activities enter a third week, the Essex Street Market warehouse south of Delancey is pretty much a pile of rubble and twisted metal. Little from the original structure remains, except for the 75-year-old iron skeleton. This temporary junkyard is SPURA site 2, the Essex Crossing parcel heralded by developers as “The Gateway” to […]

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Plywood Fence Arrives at Essex Market Buildings for Demolition Ahead of Essex Crossing

Last modified March 3, 2015 at 8:32 pm

It begins… The first plywood fence of the Essex Crossing mega-project just arrived, with the rear parking lot of 115 Delancey Street now cordoned off. Demolition of the one-story warehouse building is slated to commence early next week – likely Monday – and kick off more than a decade of dust and (additional) noise in […]

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Regal Cinemas Opening a 14-Screen Movie Theater as Anchor in Essex Crossing Development

Posted December 9, 2014 at 5:39 am

We already knew that a 14-screen multiplex would occupy the spot where Olympic Restaurant served for thirty-five years. Now there are more details on the operator and composition of the theater, the first new movie house built in the city since 2001. According to a report filed in Crain’s, Regal Cinemas is the anchor tenant […]

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Demolition of Essex Market Building Begins Ahead of 26-Story Tower with Movie Theater

Posted November 3, 2014 at 5:50 am

The quaint Essex Street Market buildings aren’t too long for this world. These brick warehouses, constructed in 1940 under Mayor La Guardia to move the pushcarts inside, are situated on SPURA lots currently designated for Essex Crossing redevelopment. The first facility to fall is the south site – 115 Delancey Street – where Olympic Restaurant and Jade Fountain heretofore resided. […]

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New Essex Crossing Permits Filed for 14-Screen Movie Theater and Essex Market Site

Last modified October 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

A flurry of activity over in SPURA these days. Plans for another skyscraper are now with the city (i.e. Department of Buildings). Handel Architects filed preliminary permits yesterday to construct a 26-story tower at 115 Delancey Street as part of the Essex Crossing mega-development. This parcel, of course, was the southern extension of the Essex […]

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Check Out the 1939 Architectural Renderings for the Essex Street Market [PHOTOS]

Posted August 14, 2014 at 10:33 am

The row of boxy Essex Street Market buildings from below Delancey to Rivington will soon fall. These brick warehouses, constructed in 1940 under Mayor La Guardia to move the pushcarts inside, are situated on SPURA lots currently designated for Essex Crossing redevelopment. But the decades-old resource will receive a brand new (expanded) facility on the site […]

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Last Look at Olympic Restaurant Before It’s Completely Erased from Delancey Street [PHOTOS]

Posted July 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Olympic Restaurant now follows Bereket into the great beyond. The reliable corner luncheonette shuttered for good on Monday evening after 35 years in business. Unfortunately, there won’t be another chapter in their book of life, thanks to the Essex Crossing mega-project. This SPURA redevelopment includes plans to drop a new Essex Street Market facility on the […]

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Bidding Farewell to the Olympic Restaurant on Delancey [PHOTOS]

Posted June 23, 2014 at 6:05 am

Usually we sit by the window, gazing at the mass of humanity flowing past the Essex crossing. It’s oftentimes a weekend morning nursing a hangover with a plate of eggs and home fries. But this past Saturday, we darkened the doors of the Olympic Restaurant for possibly the last time. Knowing the end is near, we […]

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