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!
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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