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City officials have announced that a major renovation is coming to East Williamsburg’s Moore Street Market, one of Brooklyn’s oldest public markets. $2.7 million will go toward improving the 15,000- square-foot facilities at 110 Moore Street. The market, which opened in 1941 and is also known as La Marqueta de Williamsburg, currently houses 15 vendors—fresh produce, seafood, groceries, specialty foods, and even a barbershop—and offers year-round events including cooking classes and small business seminars.
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“Moore Street Market has long been a hub for local and immigrant businesses, and a beacon of opportunity for people living in East Williamsburg and beyond,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams in a statement. “Its existence is a testament to the power of grassroots organizing and civic engagement in a community that has long lacked access to resources. With this capital funding…we are making long-term investments in the vitality of a true neighborhood amenity.”
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The funds will support renovations that include repairs to the facility’s roof, installation of street-level windows, and updates to the heating and cooling systems. In the fall, NYCEDC will contract a designer to begin a master planning process for the scope of these upcoming renovations as well as future upgrades to the facility.
“This…allocation of funds will ensure the historic marketplace, which has served as an economic engine for our community since 1941, will continue to thrive for years to come,” added Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez. “It also represents our community’s growing commitment to maintaining the integrity of our historic neighborhoods and the incredible strides we have made since the market almost closed down 12 years ago.”
NYCEDC has overseen Moore Street Market since 2015 (it’s one of six public markets the agency oversees, including the newly reopened Essex Market at Essex Crossing) prior to that its future was often up-in-the-air.
The agency has also announced a partnership with local human rights organization El Puente de Williamsburg, who will serve as Moore Street Market’s official community partner. El Puente will organize weekly and monthly cooking classes, sewing seminars, and reading workshops, help to coordinate the design and installation of a new market mural, and assist with developing expanded pop-up and seasonal events at the market.
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