There’s been a lot of talk in recent months about the Essex Street Market’s future. Years from now, it’s moving to a new facility as part of the big Essex Crossing development project. But some people seem to have gotten the mistaken impression that the place is already closed. Not so!
Here’s an update on the planning for Essex Crossing, the large residential and commercial project coming to the former Seward Park urban renewal area.
This week we have been following the legal back and forth between the NYC Economic Development Corp.(EDC) and a longtime vendor at the Essex Street Market. Last night, members of Community Board 3 briefly discussed the situation and the broader issue of protections for businesses at the market.
As we reported a couple of days ago, a longtime vendor in the Essex Street Market is fighting a decision from the city to force her from the retail facility. This afternoon, there’s new information.
Lately, we’ve been talking about new arrivals at the Essex Street Market (bagels, ice cream and soup have been added to the retail mix). But — pending legal proceedings — there’s also a noteworthy departure to report; a merchant who’s been part of the market for 23 years.
The following story first appeared in the November 2013 edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.
The new team at Davidovich Bakery’s first retail bagel shop is all ready for today’s grand opening at the Essex Street Market.
It looks like Davidovich Bakery, a Queens company hoping to pick up where H&H Bagels left off, is coming to the Essex Street Market.
Today the New York Times files a “think piece” on the Essex Street Market, wondering whether any of its special spirit can be transferred to a shiny new facility that will be part of the “Essex Crossing” development project.
The Essex Street Market has cheese, chocolate, tacos, sushi, spinach pie and ice cream. This fall it’s getting soup.
Here’s an inviting thought as we suffer through an early summer heat wave. Ice cream is coming to the Essex Street Market!
This feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. This month, we are featuring Roni-Sue Kave, a very familiar face in the Essex Street Market. This story originally appeared in the February 2013 version of our print magazine.
What do you do?
I own and operate Roni-Sue’s Chocolates in the historic Essex Street Market — i.e., I make candy for a living. Woo-hoo!
How long have you lived on the LES?
I opened Roni-Sue’s in October 2007, so I’ve been working down here for over five years. I just finally moved from East Harlem to the East Village in June, though, so at last I can walk to work.
Dorie Greenspan at the Essex Street Market. Photo by Susan LaRosa.
Editor’s note: Susan LaRosa, Henry Street Settlement’s communications director, has a secret obsession. Well, actually it’s not so secret. She writes about it on her blog, “A Cake Bakes in Brooklyn,” and gets her share of media mentions. Yesterday she headed over to the Essex Street Market to indulge her sweet tooth, and ended up meeting baked-goods royalty! Today we’re re-posting the story:
Monday, just a few blocks from my Lower East Side office, I walked into the wonderful Essex Street Market and came face-to-face with one of my all-time pastry heroes — Dorie Greenspan
. (Reason number 2,045 I’m glad I live in New York.) I didn’t have to wait on a long line or fight crowds to see her. There she was, standing at the counter of her tiny new cookie shop, Beurre & Sel,
opened with her son Josh and a business partner Daniel Seehoff. Dorie was charming and unassuming and even more lovely than I’d imagined. (Ellen, my colleague who accompanied me to the market and whose mother is a huge
Dorie fan, couldn’t get over the fact that this pastry legend was simply there, selling her cookies.)
Editor’s note: the following story was originally published in the September edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine:
For close to 20 years, the Essex Street Market building at the southeast corner of Essex and Delancey streets has been little more than a relic of the Lower East Side’s pushcart past. If the city has its way, the mostly vacant 1940 structure will face a bulldozer in the next few years, as the Seward Park area redevelopment project moves forward. This month, however, the building will come alive again, as the founders of the “Low Line,” the much-buzzed-about proposal to create a park below Delancey Street, stage a large exhibition in the rarely used space.
The big event, “Imagining the Low Line,” is a huge step for creators James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, who officially unveiled their bold idea one year ago. In the past several months, Ramsey and Barasch have gained the support of local elected officials, community organizations and potential financial backers. The exhibition and a series of events surrounding it are intended to answer several critical questions, including how much the project is likely to cost and whether it’s technologically feasible.