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Renovated Essex Street Market to Debut Next Sept.; Issa Rae’s BK Brunch Party

CW Pencil Enterprise became the third business temporarily sidelined in its Lower East Side building by a reported mold outbreak. [Bowery Boogie]

Per last week’s Community Board 3 meeting, the improved Essex Street Market will open to the public in September 2018. [Bowery Boogie]

Williamsburg’s N. 11th Street now boasts 10 units of affordable housing for $722 to $900/month. Applications must be submitted by July 28. [Brokelyn] Keep Reading »

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Recipe Peep Show at Essex Street Market Reveals Your Neighbor’s Shopping Lists

When you’re out picking up groceries for the week, ever wonder what recipes the other shoppers have up their sleeves? If you shop at Trader Joe’s you’re probably too busy elbowing people out of the way and fighting over the last jar of coconut oil to really get a good look at your neighbors’ shopping lists. (Wait, does anyone handwrite those things anymore?) But if you live near the sleepy old-school Essex Street Market, you’ve surely got a little more time to poke around and wonder about the diverse cast of vendors and shoppers rubbing shoulders amid the fruit and vegetable sellers, Japanese specialty items and fancy cheeses. If there’s anywhere you’d shop to whip up something unique, it’s here.

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How Bacon Perfume Made It Into This Time Capsule of Essex Street Market

Mary Ting's "Refuse Redo" (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Mary Ting’s “Refuse Redo” (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

If you’re on the hunt for veggies at the Essex Street Market this month, you might get sidetracked (as I did) by the shoebox art gallery in the corner running an exhibition called Lettuce, Artichokes, Red Beets, Mangoes, Broccoli, Honey and Nutmeg: The Essex Street Market as Collaborator. 

It sounds like the contents of a health nut’s grocery bag (we’re sure mango-artichoke-nutmeg smoothies will be all the rage soon) but Cuchifritos, Essex Market’s resident gallery run by Artists Alliance Inc,  has something else in mind.

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75 Years After It Pushed Out the Pushcarts, Essex Street Market Presses Forward

This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.

Left: The Essex Street Market one month after opening (Courtesy of the New York Public Library). Right: The market in present day (Photo by Alexandra Hall)

Left: The Essex Street Market one month after opening (Courtesy of the New York Public Library). Right: The market in present day (Photo by Alexandra Hall)

Six inches of snowfall coated Manhattan on January 10, 1940, the day 3,500 New Yorkers gathered on Essex Street for the opening of a brand new public retail space that would change the face of the Lower East Side.  

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Before Essex Street Market Moves, It’ll Groove at This Block Party

Outside the Essex Street Market. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

Outside the Essex Street Market. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette)

This Saturday, a blowout block party will serve as a much needed reminder that the Essex Street Market is still alive and kicking after 75 years, despite confusion caused by its impending move to the new Essex Street Crossing development.

Joshua Nelson, senior vice president of the city’s Economic Development Cooperation, which oversees and rents out spaces at the market, said the party would be a “huge celebration of the past but with an eye to the future.”

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Buy Anything at Essex Street Market and Luca & Bosco Will Put Pumpkin Ice Cream On It

Oddfellows and Davey’s Ice Cream aren’t the only ones that started scooping over the summer. At the Essex Street Market, Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky of Luca & Bosco have been quietly serving up goat cheese ice cream as well as cocktail-inspired varieties like Gin & Juice. For the fall, they’re doing seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice. Watch our audio slideshow to find out more about the cart’s “a la mode” program and then try asking them to top the mac & cheese pancakes you bought at Shopsins with a scoop of their Drunk & Salty Caramel.

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What You Missed at Hanksy’s Surprise Art Show, ‘Market Surplus’

Art credit: @bkfoxx. Photo credit: @bytegirl24.

If you didn’t catch it this weekend, you sadly missed your chance to visit “Market Surplus,” the limited-edition LES popup street art show that opened Friday evening and closed last night. The show, organized by LES provocateur Hanksy, featured work from ten street artists who had less than a week to fill an abandoned market hall with murals. The show’s “gallery” — slated for conversion to senior housing as part of the massive Essex Crossing development — will soon be demolished.

But despair not: we’ve rounded up the best Instagram photos from the show.

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Rat-ical Terrorism in a Jared Kushner Building; Food Fest at Essex St. Market

A Jared Kushner-owned building in Williamsburg is having a bit of a vermin issue, judging by this video of a mouse in a baby’s crib. [Gothamist]

A six-story office building in Williamsburg just sold for $30 million. [Real Estate Weekly]

And some Israeli investors just bought a Williamsburg loft building for $56 million, with plans to make it more “high-end.” [The Real Deal]

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New Essex Crossing Renderings; Converted Synagogue Going For $30K

Check out new renderings of the Market Line, the eventual site of the Essex Street Market in the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side. [Curbed NY]

An eighth grade teacher at Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration launched a $4K crowdfunding campaign to buy computers for her students. [Bushwick Daily]

On E. 8th Street, a synagogue converted into a four-story townhouse is currently on the market for $30K/month. [Curbed NY] Keep Reading »

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Going, Going, Gone! Last Chance to Hit These Outdoor Markets

Hester Street Fair.

Hester Street Fair.

Halloween weekend is upon us, boo. The good news: There are a slew of parties on the horizon. The bad news: After this weekend the city freezes over and Santacon (ugh, Santacon in Williamsburg?) is what passes for outdoor activity. But don’t fret: The city’s biggest outdoor markets are busting out the folding tables and beer kegs one last time this weekend. Hit ’em up before they hibernate.

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Feelin’ ‘Hangry?’ Bulletin Market Has Food and Beer Pong to Go With Your Shopping

(Photo: Courtesy of Bulletin)

(Photo: Courtesy of Bulletin)

There’s no shortage of indie markets in New York to satisfy any handicraft/artisanal/homemade needs you might have. We’ve got #MadeinBrooklyn affairs like the Maker’s Market and plenty of hungry-foodie fleas such as the Gansevoort Market and the newly restored Essex Street Market. Of course there are the good old seasonal-standbys– Brooklyn Flea and the Renegade Craft Fair– which often feature hundreds of vendors and can make you forget you’re at a mini-bizz event and feel more like a giant mall (with cooler stuff, granted).

But what if you’re looking for something a bit more personal, and just chill?

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Community Urges City Council to Reconsider Houston Street Upzoning

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

(Photo: Luisa Rollenhagen)

East Houston street is currently a hotbed of development, as any casual stroll down the street will reveal. Endless scaffolding, boarded-up properties, fences, and signs announcing new things to come line the sidewalks of lots previously occupied by local shops, community facilities, and residential buildings. Although a 2008 rezoning was implemented, ostensibly to preserve the existing buildings and the affordable housing that many of them contained, developers who bought up a sliver of land at 255 East Houston Street may get a special rezoning through of their own.

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