Essex Street Market/DayLife Festival: Feb. 21 at the Lowline Lab

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Coming up Sunday, Feb. 21, the Essex Street Market is bringing a one-day pop-up event to the Lowline Lab.

As you probably know, the lab is operating from 140 Essex St., formerly part of the public market. It’s a prototype of the full-scale Lowline underground park that’s been proposed in an abandoned trolley erminal below Delancey Street. The Winter DayLife Festival will feature many of your favorite vendors, including Saxelby Cheesemongers, Osaka Grub (a new merchant), Davidovich Bakery, Puebla Mexican Food and Arancini Bros. The merchants are coordinating the event with the Lower East Side Partnership (LES BID).

It will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

We also wanted to mention that the vendors have launched a new newsletter. This month, it includes info about a Valentine’s Day Instagram contest, details about new vendors and profiles of some of your favorite Essex Street Market small businesses.  Here’s a link if you’d like to subscribe.

Now Open: Arancini Bros. Rice Balls in the Essex Street Market

Photo from Arancini Brothers website.

Photo from Arancini Brothers Instagram feed.

There’s some good news to pass along about the Essex Street Market today. A new vendor, Arancini Bros., is open for business.

The deep fried risotto balls made their debut at the Hester Street Fair a few years ago. A permanent shop relocated from Bushwick. The stall is located right next to Puebla Mexican Food, which made the move to the Essex Street Market last fall. The rice balls are available with a variety of fillings, including ragu, mushroom taleggio and basil pesto (among other rotating options). The new menu also includes salads and vegetable sides.

Several market vendors closed down last year, saying that foot traffic had fallen off significantly. Those stalls are slowly filling up. Today, the owners of Orchard Street’s Top Hops told us they’re still planning on opening a takeaway local beer shop. They’re aiming for an opening next month, once a liquor permit comes through.

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Instagram the Essex Street Market: Win a Holiday Gift Crate

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Here’s one more reason to shop at the historic Essex Street Market. They’re running an Instagram contest (Miracle at Essex Market) with a great grand prize: a holiday crate stuffed with goodies from each vendor. Just share a photo from the market and add the tag #essexstreetmarket. You’ll be entered to win. The winner will be announced December 18.

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