Essex Street

Digging up the Seward Park Tennis Courts

Posted November 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

Just call it the backhoe blues. The heavy machinery arrived this week inside the Seward Park athletic courts on Essex Street. And the big dig is already underway along the perimeter of the play space. Rehab began late last month. We confirmed at the time with Seward Park Campus (formerly, Seward Park High School) – stewards […]

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City’s SCA Begins Rehab of Seward Park School Courts on Essex Street

Last modified November 1, 2021 at 1:27 pm

Those looking to take advantage of the public Seward Park school courts will likely need to wait until next spring. Last week, several readers pointed out the dismantling of basketball hoops inside the multipurpose sports field. We confirmed with Seward Park Campus (formerly, Seward Park High School) – stewards of the sports grounds – that […]

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Photographer Captures Three Years Passing by the Former Essex Market

Posted October 26, 2021 at 5:04 am

As the former Essex Street Market buildings continue to devolve into decrepitude, out come the artists, taggers, and the like. Commenting on the “fast transition” of the Lower East Side and its residents, photographer Kristofer Dan-Bergman over the weekend pasted a series of posters at 120 Essex Street. The project is called “LESWall(k),” with each […]

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Out on the Essex Street ‘Fiore Escape’

Posted October 18, 2021 at 5:04 am

The fire escape spectacle entertained Essex Street anew. Friday evening, Lower East Sider Jill Fiore again stepped onto her tenement fire escape at 29 Essex for a short concert. Fiore was flanked by bandmates Derek Cruz on lead guitar, Dave Spinley on saxophone, and Joan Chew on bass. Like previous Fiore Escape outings, this one […]

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Local Cheesemonger Anne Saxelby Dies at 40

Posted October 12, 2021 at 5:07 am

Local cheesemonger, Anne Saxelby, who peddled artisanal cheeses around downtown for more than a decade, died this past Saturday. She was 40. According to the New York Times, Saxelby struggled with a heart condition. Lower East Siders may recognize Saxelby from her tenure inside the original Essex Street Market. The eponymous cheese stall, located near […]

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One Year Later, ‘Fiore Escape’ COVID Sessions Still Captivate

Posted September 23, 2021 at 5:09 am

One year after first captivating passersby at Essex and Grand Streets, the free fire escape concert series is back for another. Indeed, musician Jill Fiore will perform anew from the second floor of her Essex Street tenement (above Delancey Car Service). The next so-called “Fiore Escape” show is slated for October 15, as announced on […]

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City Turbo Charges Essex Street Municipal Garage with Electric Car Stations

Posted September 15, 2021 at 5:03 am

The municipal parking garage on Essex Street is charged up for a new future. That of electric vehicles. Last week, the Department of Transportation unveiled four new fast-charging stations in the carpark. The addition on the Lower East Side is the first in a rollout across the city for the technology, which provides an 80-percent […]

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Walking Jack Kirby’s Lower East Side

Posted August 26, 2021 at 5:02 am

Saturday marks the 104th birthday of the late-great comic book illustrator Jack Kirby. To make the occasion, the museum charged with carrying on the Kirby legacy is hosting a walking tour of his Lower East Side youth. Kirby himself was born Jacob Kurtzberg in 1917 at 147 Essex Street. He remains a comic book legend […]

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Clockwork Owner to Impart ‘Lucky Lindon’ Next Door on Essex Street

Posted August 9, 2021 at 5:07 am

The owner of Clockwork Bar is making a play for the vacant space next door. In what was formerly Beverly’s on Essex Street. Francesco Scotto DiSantolo, who first opened Clockwork eight years ago, is listed on the Community Board 3 docket this month for a new nightspot at the south store of 21 Essex. Dubbed […]

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The Return of ‘Gaia Cafe’ on the Lower East Side

Posted July 22, 2021 at 5:05 am

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nearly a decade on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. Exactly one year later, the fan favorite is back! Namesake chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, last home to Char […]

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