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.
All photos by Lizzy Zevallos via Low Line Facebook page.
We’ve been talking about “Imagining the Low Line,” the highly anticipated installation from the guys planning to build a park below Delancey Street. They’ve got about ten days to go before the exhibition opens in the Essex Street Market on September 15. The team has been posting photos from the installation at the Essex Street Market on the Low Line Facebook page. It’s our first look at the technology co-founder James Ramsey has been developing to channel sunlight underground. You can also see a 45 foot model depicting the unused spaces beneath Manhattan. Click through for a couple more shots. And check out our previous story on the exhibition.
New Roma Pizza's new awning, in a building with an uncertain future.
For many business owners, the slow creep of the city’s bureaucracy can be a source of intense frustration. But for Miguel Cortezar, owner and operator of New Roma Pizza on the corner of Delancey and Essex streets, it may be a lifeline. His restaurant is located in the city-owned Essex Street Market building, a structure that could be demolished as part of the city’s Seward Park Redevelopment Plan, which won Community Board 3 approval in May.
Whatever the city’s intentions, the building’s fate, as well as that of three neighboring Essex Street Market buildings that are scarcely occupied, remains uncertain. Although much will remain unknown until proposals from developers are solicited next year, the increasingly solid possibility of demolition looms large over New Roma’s future.