Essex Street Market today named some of the vendors that will join the market when it moves to its new home in the Essex Crossing complex. Among them: Samesa, the popular Middle Eastern takeout spot with a location in Williamsburg, and Flower Power Herbs and Roots, a longstanding East Village herbal apothecary. Also in the mix will be Saffron, a Fort Greene florist, and Josephine’s Feast!, a regular at the Union Square Greenmarket.
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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.
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.
This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.
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.
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.”
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.
Hester Street Fair
April 14, 11am to 6pm at Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side.
The Lower East Side’s favorite foodie flea market kicks off this weekend and the lineup looks pretty sick. No, seriously, Pretty Sick, the band led by wunderkind model-musician-Insta-phenom Sabrina Fuentes will be doing a set, as will electro-soul trio JIL. Vendors highlights this season include lightweight shoe designer Rollie; Punto Verde Ceramics, which makes cool constellation dishes; designer/tastemaker Liz Olko; and more. On the food front, there’ll be tacos from LES cafe/ceramics-studio hybrid L’estudio, Chinese bao from C Bao; and, for the first time, free-flowing beer, in the form of Vice’s brew, Old Blew Last.
A couple of pieces of news today about the Essex Crossing development that’s rising above the Lower East Side as we speak. Three new vendors have been announced for the relocated Essex Street Market, and an affordable housing lottery launched today for 98 units in the same building.
The vendors set to join Essex Street Market when it relocates to 115 Delancey Street next year are Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, a local favorite whose wasabi, durian, and pandan flavors draw lines out the door on Bayard Street; Essex Shambles, an offshoot of uptown boutique butcher Harlem Shambles; and Zerza, a fast-casual offshoot of the same-named East Village Moroccan spot that will serve “whole-food, plant-based ingredients and organically sourced meats with Moroccan spices and Mediterranean extra virgin olive oils,” according to a press release form the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
Days after announcing that the International Center of Photography would move to Essex Crossing, developers of the Lower East Side urban renewal area have announced that their tallest building has been topped off. The building at 115 Delancey Street, right across from ICP’s future home, is the last in Phase I to reach its full height of 26 stories, Delancey Street Associates said.
Spanning an entire city block bounded by Norfolk, Delancey, Broome and Essex streets, the building is the 6-acre project’s largest structure and will house some of its most talked-about amenities, including a new home for the Essex Street Market and a 14-screen Regal Cinemas.
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.