Here’s a reminder about this weekend’s Essex Street Market Block Party. Yes, the weather looks a little bit dicey, but you can handle it. The outdoor festival on Saturday afternoon will be a bittersweet occasion. In the fall, the vendors in the 78-year-old public market will move over to a gleaming new space in the Essex Crossing project. So the block party really is a last hurrah.
You’ll be able to sample food from many of the existing vendors, plus some of the new operators who will be part of the Essex Street Market 2.0, including Samesa, a Middle Eastern spot from Max and Eli Sussman, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory and Harlem Shambles, a butcher focused on high quality meats.
The block party takes place from noon-5 p.m. outside the market on Essex Street, near Rivington Street. Here’s the Facebook invite.