Essex Street

Revisiting the Story of the Eastern Dispensary at 75 Essex Street

Posted May 13, 2022 at 5:01 am

The historic Eastern Dispensary Building at 75 Essex Street – home of Eisner Bros. – will soon undergo major redevelopment to add a ten-story protrusion to its rooftop. Fresh off this news, which broke earlier this month, we thought it appropriate to revisit a Bowery Boogie entry from nine years ago detailing the history of […]

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Ten-Story Tower Planned Atop Historic Eisner Bros ‘Eastern Dispensary’ on Essex Street

Posted May 5, 2022 at 5:01 am

The historic Eastern Dispensary Building on Essex Street – home of the longtime Eisner Bros. on the ground floor – is headed for redevelopment. A new vertical appendage. Owner of the hallmark, bunker-looking Building at 75 Essex filed plans this week with the Department of Buildings to redevelop the property to include a ten-story addition. […]

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Essex Crossing Preps New 9-Story Development with Brownfield Cleanup

Posted April 28, 2022 at 5:01 am

The next phase of Essex Crossing is upon us. Delancey Street Associates, the developer consortium behind the billion-dollar Lower East Side project, recently submitted an application to the state for Brownfield Cleanup at Site 9 (aka 120 Essex). This will spell the end of the decades-old Essex Street Market building just north of Delancey, which […]

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Rehab of Seward Park School Courts Nears Completion

Posted April 14, 2022 at 5:02 am

Some six months after digging destroyed the Seward Park field, its rebirth is nigh. Visible through the mesh-covered fencework is progress – partial pavement of the space, new outdoor fitness equipment, and a freshly painted handball slab (royal blue). According to the 2019 scoping report from the NYC School Construction Authority, the Grain Collective landscape […]

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‘Oonee’ Modular Bike Parking Pod Hit by a Car

Posted April 11, 2022 at 5:14 am

You can’t make this up. Just a few days after the Department of Transportation announced the arrival of a new bike parking “pod” outside the Essex Market, the so-called Ooneepod Mini was struck by a car and pushed onto the sidewalk. The accident apparently happened Friday night when a driver allegedly made a “wide” turn […]

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Essex Market Juicery ‘Squeezes’ into East Village

Posted March 14, 2022 at 5:04 am

Essex Squeeze is expanding into the East Village after two years of incubation in the Essex Street Market. The juice bar, founded by two childhood friends from the Lower East Side (Cedric Hernandez and Charles DeLaCruz) in July 2020, just opened a dedicated brick-and-mortar space on East 5th Street, off Second Avenue. The spot previously […]

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LES Ecology Center Embraces Seward Park During Coastal Resiliency Project

Posted February 8, 2022 at 5:01 am

Lower East Side Ecology Center has a new home. Temporarily – and away from the coastline – thanks to the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. As first reported here last year, Seward Park, the first municipal park in the country, is stepping up to host the environmental nonprofit. They’re now headquartered inside the original park […]

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The Essex Street Snowman Isn’t Motivated

Posted February 2, 2022 at 5:04 am

The powerful Nor’easter that clipped the city last weekend dumped close to a foot of snow. Yet, the Essex Street Snowman didn’t feel motivated to mobilize. The frozen favorite was under construction yesterday, a full four days after the snowfall. But he’s yet to materialize. The Shan Fu bodega at 1 Essex has spent the […]

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Neighbors Rally to Help Longtime Printing Shop on Essex Street

Posted January 25, 2022 at 5:01 am

A local letterpress printing shop – the last of its kind on the Lower East Side (nay, the city) – is on hard times, but one neighbor is determined to help Y.H. Printing. Desmond Yeoh emigrated to the from Malaysia in 1989. He and his wife opened Y.H. Printing seven years later on Orchard Street […]

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Gaia Cafe Planning February Return with New Essex Street Locale

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:10 pm

Gaia Italian Cafe, a locals favorite, is gearing up for a return. An early pandemic victim, Gaia shuttered its sub-level operations in the summer of 2020 after nearly a decade on East Houston. Then word came through last July that chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, last […]

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