Lower East Side Voices: ‘Top Hops’ Takes Craft Beer Passion to New Essex Street Market

Today we wrap up our series on the Essex Street Market with a profile of Top Hops, the Lower East Side craft beer store that opened an outpost in the market three years ago. This project has been a collaboration with NYCity News Service. In late April or early May, the vendors will leave their historic home behind, making the transition to a brand new market in the Essex Crossing mega-project. So we thought it would be a good idea to check in with the merchants who will soon be making the move. This installment was produced by Cole Zerboni.

Lower East Side Voices: Mother-Son Team at Puebla Mexican Food Feel Right at Home in the Essex Street Market

The Essex Street Market has for many years been a refuge for startup businesses. As retail rents in stand-alone brick-and-mortar locations have become unaffordable, the historic market has been one of the few places where new ventures can take hold. It was a different story for Puebla Mexican Food. Irma Marmolejo and her son Jose opened a stall in the Essex Street Market after a rent hike forced them from their longtime storefront on 1st Avenue. In anticipation of the upcoming move of the public market across Delancey Street in the coming weeks, we have been featuring videos with some of the vendors. Today Trayonna Hendricks on NYCity News Service profiles this mother-son small business.

Lower East Side Voices: Owner of “Dominican Cravings” Feels Mixed Emotions About Essex Street Market Move

Like many people on the Lower East Side, Emmanuel Diaz has mixed feelings about the the looming move of the Essex Street Market from its historic home to the brand new Essex Crossing mega-development across Delancey Street. Diaz, owner of Dominican Cravings, will be joining about 20 existing vendors in making the transition shortly after Easter. In today’s installment of our series in collaboration with NYCity News Service, Diaz explains why he’s both excited and a little sad about the changes. This story was produced by Cristian Arroyo.

Lower East Side Voices: Essex Olive & Spice in the Essex Street Market

Big changes are, of course, coming very soon to the Essex Street Market. The vendors will be making the move from the market’s historic home at 120 Essex St. across Delancey Street to a newly expanded space in the Essex Crossing mega-development. To mark the occasion, we have been profiling some of the merchants. Our series continues today as reporter Shahar Golan of NYCity News Service introduces us to Saad Bourkadi pf Essex Olive and Spice.

Lower East Side Voices: A Taste of Japan in the Essex Street Market

Tucked in a corner of the Essex Street Market, you’ll find a little gem called Ni Japanese Delicacies. Fortunately it will live on in the new market, opening soon on the ground floor on the Essex Crossing mega-project across Delancey Street. In the latest installment of our series focused on the vendors, reporter Henna Choudhary of NY City News Service speaks with co-owner Saori Numata.

Lower East Side Voices: An Immigrant Success Story at the Essex Street Market

Today we’re continuing our series in partnership with NY City News Service on changing times at the Essex Street Market. In the very near future, the vendors will be crossing Delancey Street to a brand new facility in the Essex Crossing mega-project. Reporter Lakshmi Sivadas profiles Pan D’Avignon, the wholesale bakery with a retail outpost in the Lower East Side market.

Lower East Side Voices: Essex Street Market Changes Trigger Mixed Emotions

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This week we’re partnering with NY City News Service for a video series on the historic Essex Street Market, just weeks before the vendors move over to a shiny new home on the south side of Delancey Street. The existing market will be demolished to make way for a new apartment building as part of the Essex Crossing mega-project.

The reporters from CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism found a variety of opinions about the transition. On one hand, residents (and some vendors) are sad to see the old market go. Its demolition will wipe away some of the last vestiges of the historic Lower East Side and the only reminder of the neighborhood’s pushcart past. But many of the merchants are eagerly anticipating the new order. They’ve been suffering in recent years as foot traffic dwindled. As part of an agreement with the community, Essex Crossing developers are paying both their buildout and moving expenses.

In today’s installment, reporter Karishma Vanjani offers this take on old vs. new.

Lower East Side Voices: Peasant Stock Prepares For New Era at Essex Street Market

In the next few weeks, the Essex Street Market will be moving from its historic home at 120 Essex St. to a gleaming new space on the south side of Delancey Street. Over the years, The Lo-Down has covered the happenings of the market almost religiously. At this transitional time, we wanted a fresh perspective on the changes ahead, so we asked the team at NY City News Service to spend some time with the vendors. We’ll be showcasing their videos in the next several days. Today, reporter Orla McCaffrey profiles mother-daughter duo Christine  Juritsch and Emma Kestler of Peasant Stock

Lower East Side Voices: Daredevil Tattoo

This week we have been checking in with neighborhood businesses as part of our Lower East Side Voices video series.  Today, Talib Visram visits with Michelle Myles of Daredevil Tattoo, the iconic shop and museum on Division Street. This series is a collaboration with  CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service

Lower East Side Voices: Malt & Mold

This week we have been checking in with neighborhood businesses as part of our Lower East Side Voices video series.  Today, Janessa Andiorio checks in with Kevin Heald of Malt & Mold, the East Broadway beer and cheese shop. This series is a collaboration with  CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service

Lower East Side Voices: Modern Love Club

Our Lower East Side Voices series continues today with a look at the Modern Love Club, a unique business on First Avenue that combines matchmaking with community-based art. Andee Tagle has the latest installment of our collaboration with  CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service

Lower East Side Voices: New York’s War on E-Bikes

Earlier this year, Mayor de Blasio announced a crackdown on e-bikes, which he said pose a safety threat to pedestrians. There was a backlash among many delivery workers, who depend on the motorized bicycles. Today the mayor announced a compromise, as part of the city’s rule-making process

According to a press release from his office, “The new rule will recognize that pedal-assist bicycles are permissible, whereas throttle e-bikes, capable of travel at speeds over 20 MPH, cannot be legally operated on City streets under State law.” You can read more about the process here.

Recently, reporter Anurag Papolu spoke with a delivery man in Chinatown and an e-bike store owner as part of our Lower East Side Voices video series.  The series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service

 

Lower East Side Voices: Economy Candy

Today we are kicking off another round of video stories in our ongoing Lower East Side Voices series. In the next week or so, we will be bringing you profiles of local businesses — some new, some old — all of which add to the neighborhood’s unique character.

We begin with Economy Candy, the Rivington Street classic that just celebrated its 80th birthday last year.

Today’s story was produced by Alexandra Semenova. This series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service

Lower East Side Voices: La Lucha Continua

In our continuing series, Lower East Side Voices, we turn our focus to the community mural, “La Lucha Continua” in First Street Green Art Park. Melissa DiPento and Viktoria Muench recently spoke with Juan Bautista Climént, an artist who helped create the mural. This series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service.

Lower East Side Voices: Rooftop Legends Returns

Here’s another installment of our series – Lower East Side Voices.  Anuz Thapa stopped by New Design High School, which just recently reopened its rooftop gathering space. The Rooftop Legends Program connects street artists and students. This series is a collaboration with CUNY Journalism School’s NY City News Service.