Essex Street

Cactus Store Resumes Summertime Residency on Essex Street

Posted June 22, 2021 at 5:10 am

The Cactus Store returned to the Lower East Side this weekend for its fourth seasonal outing, and first since coronavirus ruined everything. As before, the succulents sellers plant annual roots in the lot at 5 Essex Street. Infrastructure from prior years remains in place. Saturday was opening day. The Cactus Store is a product of […]

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Man Punches Woman to the Ground on Essex Street After Demanding Money

Posted May 10, 2021 at 5:02 am

Police released surveillance imagery of a mugger who knocked down a woman on Essex Street last week after demanding money. According to the police report, the 57-year-old victim was approached by the suspect at about 8:20am Thursday morning, near the corner of Canal Street. The man demanded money then began pummeling her. He punched her […]

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Masalawala Leaves Essex Street After Decade-Long Run

Posted April 27, 2021 at 5:04 am

When real estate listings first surfaced last month, it was the first real indication that Masalawala probably wouldn’t last much longer on Essex Street. And sure enough, the ten-year Lower East Side veteran is now kaput. Eater reported the scoop yesterday, noting that the lease on 179 Essex expires this month, and the owners decided […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Shine a Light on the Dark

Posted April 16, 2021 at 5:06 am

Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, nights are especially dark on the streets of the Lower East Side. Fewer businesses, less activity, less overall light. In this latest installment of Clayton’s Corner, the neighborhood documentarian shines a light on the darkness.

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Smorgasburg Takes Over from Hester Street Fair

Last modified October 28, 2021 at 5:43 pm

The Seward Park Co-op on Wednesday announced to its shareholders the entity to replace the Hester Street Fair. The housing complex, which owns the backside lot facing Essex Street, ultimately chose Smorgasburg as the operator. The company behind the behemoth market – Flea Industries – will impart the “Hester Flea,” beginning Saturdays later this month. […]

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Essex Street Property Named in Lawsuit Involving Philippines Billionaire

Posted March 31, 2021 at 5:08 am

The saga of 11 Essex Street – demolished for a fancy micro unit development – continues this week as the Lower East Side property is named in an international lawsuit against a Philippines billionaire. Bloomberg reported that Enrique Razon was sued in New York by a company claiming the tycoon illegally terminated an agreement for […]

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Queens Woman Behind Racist Comments Banned from Essex Market

Posted March 26, 2021 at 5:13 am

The Queens woman caught on camera hurling racist insults at the Essex Market on Sunday has been banned from both the Davidovich Bakery and the market. Meanwhile, the cashier on the receiving end of the comments – 30-year-old Vic Kamara – spoke out about the incident. Saying he was simply enforcing the Market’s mandatory mask […]

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Racial Slurs at Essex Market Go Viral After Customer Altercation

Posted March 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

A viral video making the rounds shows a woman spewing racial slurs at the Davidovich Bakery at Essex Market. The writer and civil rights activist, Shaun King, posted the short video to Facebook and Instagram, seeking to identify the customer as punishment for her remarks. She is seen without a mask and with stroller in […]

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Seward Park Co-op Breaks from Hester Street Fair in Favor of New Operator

Last modified October 28, 2021 at 11:32 pm

Hester Street Fair became a victim of its own success this spring, as its Seward Park Co-op overlord gave it the old heave-ho in favor of something new. Last year’s unique COVID-19 season was likely its last. Curbed had the scoop. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 for […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Martha Cooper to Middle Collegiate

Posted March 5, 2021 at 5:02 am

Clayton Patterson sent his latest dispatch of imagery from his recent neighborhood walkabouts. The latest Clayton’s Corner is here. Legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, standing beside a payphone in Astor Place that features one of her iconic images. NY PopsUp spent last weekend at the International Center of Photography on Essex Street. It drew crowds […]

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