The latest version of the Lower East Side’s beloved Essex Street Market, its name streamlined to simply Essex Market, opened Monday in its new home inside the Essex Crossing development at 88 Essex Street. It’s triple the size of the original market, from which 21 vendors (yes, Shopsin’s remains) have moved in, along with 18 new stalls and two full-service restaurants. The old market officially closed its doors on May 5, making this the first new public market to open in the city since 1955.
The market’s grand opening party featured food tastings, live music, vendor-led cooking demonstrations, prizes and programs for kids. The market, which has been operated by the city since the 1940s, will have space for community events and talks, as well as a demonstration kitchen. New vendors like the Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory, Samesa, and Heros and Villians will join existing merchants like Porto Rico Importing Co., Pain D’Avignon, La Tiendita and others (full vendor list here).
Developed by Delancey Street Associates, the Essex Crossing development contains 1.9 million square feet of residential and commercial space across nine sites. The Regal Essex Crossing opened its 14-screen theater earlier last month, and the 26-story rental tower Essex launched leasing in January. The tower sits above the relocated Essex Market, the 700-foot-long Market Line, and the new theater.
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Images courtesy of EDC.
Neighborhoods : Lower East Side