Essex Street Market Birthday Block Party Planned for Springtime

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 at 5:15 am by
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The Essex Street Market seemingly has a new tradition on its hands. The longtime Lower East Side market is looking to host a second annual birthday bash on the block outside its doors.

You’ll recall that the Essex Market celebrated its 75th anniversary in May 2015 with a host of public events, the last of which was a block party featuring its vendors. Well, seeking to keep the streak alive, so to speak, the Lower East Side Partnership (responsible for marketing the market) just got the ball rolling on the sophomore iteration of same. An application was submitted to the Parks subcommittee of Community Board 3 for consideration on March 10. The paperwork notes the proposal to “repeat this birthday block party to celebrate the diverse and robust vendor community of the Essex Street Market with outdoor vending and music.”

The event is scheduled for May 21, from noon to 5pm. Expect much the same as last year, with food tents and DJ’d music.

But will the promised Street Seat make its arrival before the festivities? Plans for the public amenity were scrapped by the Partnership last year due to purported “DOT delays and cost overruns.”

The Essex Market as we know it will cease to exist in a few years. Once the 24-story Essex Crossing tower on Site 2 is completed (approximately 2018), vendors will jump across Delancey Street to the new facility. In the meantime, it’s struggling with visibility issues and stagnant management by the Economic Development Corporation (its landlord).

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