Essex Market Celebrates 79

Jan 14 2019

Last week the Essex Market celebrated 79 years in operation on the Lower East Side.

In the winter of 1940, Mayor LaGuardia formally opened the Essex Market, the fourth of ten public markets in New York City designed to move pushcarts off the street and vendors into stall spaces within modern indoor markets. In the 20 years that followed, Essex Market became a center for food education, hosting weekly cooking classes during a time of food shortage. Today the market is home to a culturally diverse collection of small business owners, amongst them are grocers, butchers, and cheesemongers.

As construction wraps up across Delancey at the new Essex Market facility in Essex Crossing, the celebration reminds Lower East Side neighbors that the current market is open for business and staying true it’s mission of providing fresh and accessible food.

Market staff handed out cupcakes to shoppers from future vendor, Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery, who will join the new market at 88 Delancey this spring.

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Galleries Host Successful Inaugural Lower East Side Art Week

Oct 22 2018

Foot traffic was way up this past weekend as twenty-four local galleries hosted the first Lower East Side Art Week. The event invited visitors to familiarize themselves with the neighborhood, the galleries, and their artists to celebrate the unique richness of the Lower East Side’s art scene, as both a hub of fine art and non-conformism.

Conceived by Lesley Heller of Lesley Heller Gallery and Bart Keijsers Koning of LMAK Gallery, the event set itself apart from regular programming by asking galleries to present exhibitions focused on female, established and emerging artists.

Lower East Side Art Week was covered in major art press outlets, such as the New York Times, ArtForum, Art I-D,  and more.

Art by Jessica Edelman.