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Samesa, Flower Power and More Will Join Essex Street Market at New Location

Rendering of the future Essex Street Market.

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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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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Market Watch: Get Your Totes Ready For Hester Street Fair and Greenpointers Spring Market

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.

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Essex Crossing Announces Affordable Housing Lottery, New Market Vendors

115 Delancey Street, late November. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

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.

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Tallest Essex Crossing Building Tops Out at 26 Stories

(Photo: QuallsBenson)

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.

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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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