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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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Guess Which Superbad Actor Tried to Fight Greenpoint’s New Towers Yesterday

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

A rendering of 77 Commercial. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)

Councilman Stephen Levin and around 20 others — including an actor you’ve seen in The Departed, Superbad, and Pineapple Express — showed up at City Hall yesterday to fight two massive towers bound for the Greenpoint waterfront.

Having reached the homestretch of the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, developers of Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial tried to sell the City Council’s Land Use committee on their respective proposals, which would add a combined 5,000 apartment units and more than 170,000 square feet of public open space to Greenpoint’s northern shores.
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