First Sights of the ‘Market Line’ Destination at Essex Crossing Revealed [PHOTOS]

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 at 5:19 am by
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For years, we’ve been hearing about the Market Line, and how it’ll both absorb and replace the 76-year-old Essex Street Market. This week brings the first advanced renderings of what this retail hub will look like.

Described by the consortium of developers behind Delancey Associates as a “modern bazaar,” the Market Line will be a shopping destination within Essex Crossing that incorporates a food hall, farmer’s market, and other retail. Rohan Mehra, a principal at Prusik Group, whose firm was chosen to work on the mega-development’s commercial spaces, spilled more of the beans to Curbed.

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Here’s some background:

When completed, the whole thing will stretch over 700 feet across three of Essex Crossing’s buildings, incorporating both the revamped Essex Street Market (which will still be operated by the city), along with several new spaces.

Though they’ll be in separate buildings (Sites 2, 3, and 4), the three market spaces will be connected in a couple of ways. A series of passageways will be built below-grade so that shoppers can easily travel from one place to another without having to go above-ground (and, importantly, deal with the traffic around the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge).

The Market Line will also be connected visually on the Broome Street side by a design element that Mehra calls a “light scoop”: As conceived by SHoP Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle, each building will have a 40-foot-tall glass wall that both lets light into the subterranean market spaces, as well as allowing for several levels of shops within the bazaar itself. It’ll also face the public park that will run along Broome Street.

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