For the Essex Market Building on Site 2, It’s One Step Closer to Demolition

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 at 5:13 am by
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Down at the old Essex Market building below Delancey Street (aka Site 2 of Essex Crossing), it’s a flurry of activity preceding the inevitable wrecking ball. Demolition crews have been busy this week installing the requisite scaffolding, sidewalk bridge, and plywood along the perimter of the brick building. Full takedown will soon commence and last roughly two weeks. Large cutouts are already visible on the eastern exposure…

Say goodbye.

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As previously reported, Site 2 is the kickoff for Essex Crossing, and will eventually sprout a glassy 24-story tower. Plans for “The Gateway,” as it’s called, include the relocated Essex Market, 14-screen Regal movie theater (1,250 seats), a 12,000 square-foot urban farm on the roof of the five-story podium, and 195 residential units (split 50-50 market rate, affordable). Expect construction to follow later this spring.

This one-story, Depression-era warehouse dates back to 1940, and was part of Mayor La Guardia’s policy to bring the pushcarts inside.

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