NYCEDC to Celebrate Grand Opening of New York City’s First New Public Market Since 1955

 
May 12, 2019

CONTACT:
Christopher Singleton/Shavone Williams,
(212) 312-3523 / publicaffairs@edc.nyc

Tomorrow: NYCEDC to Celebrate Grand Opening of New York City’s
First New Public Market Since 1955
 
New Home for Essex Street Market Features Over 35 Vendors
 New York – Tomorrow, Monday, May 13, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President James Patchett,  City Officials, community stakeholders and over 35 vendors will celebrate the grand opening of the new Essex Market at Essex Crossing.
 
First opened in the 1940s on Essex Street, NYCEDC led the renovation and revitalization of the market into a new 37,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that includes 39 vendor stalls, two full-service restaurants, and a demonstration kitchen that will be used for cooking classes, educational programming, and more. The new space, which is triple the size of the previous location, will provide the local community and visitors alike with local and globally-sourced fresh and affordable grocery items and prepared dishes.
 
All 21 vendors operating out of the previous market space, including the world famous Davidovich Bakery, have made the move to the new location, where they are joined by 16 new vendors, including Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory, Samesa, Don Ceviche, and Heros & Villains.
 
WHAT:           
Ribbon cutting for the new Essex Market location
 
WHO: 
James Patchett, NYCEDC President and CEO 
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Councilmember Margaret Chin
Tim Laughlin, Lower East Side Partnership President
Dominic Berg, Essex Crossing Task Force Chair
Legacy and new market vendors 
Community stakeholders
 NYCEDC officials and vendors will be available for pull aside interviews after the speaking program 
WHEN:           
Tomorrow, Monday, May 13, 2018, 10:15 AM
              
WHERE:         
115 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002 (Map)
 
Visuals:           
Ceremonial cutting of the ribbon
Opportunity to tour the new facility and capture b-roll and photos of vendors
 *Please RSVP to csingleton@edc.nyc by 8PM on Sunday, May 12th* 
ABOUT NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.
 
ABOUT ESSEX MARKET
Essex Street Market has provided affordable space to eateries, artists, merchants and other vendors since the 1940s when Mayor LaGuardia made a dedicated effort to provide street merchants and pushcart vendors with dedicated places to do business. In the new space, the public market will continue to specialize in a wide variety of grocery items and culinary products including gourmet cheeses, premium cuts of meat, fresh fish, and prepared foods for every palette.

 

The History of the Essex Street Market and Davidovich Bagels

Essex Street Market (Circa 1940’s)

February 18, 2018–  The Essex Street Market, was constructed in the 1940s, and is an indoor retail market that was one of a number of such facilities built in the 1930s under the administration of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia at 120 Essex Street, at Delancey Street.  The Essex Street Market is operated and managed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The 15,000-square-foot  market is made up of approximately 35 individual stalls that range in size from 90 to 600 square feet.  The prevailing concept was to keep merchants off the streets of the Lower East Side with a permanent retail structure.

1980’s Essex Street Was Thought of as “Gritty”

The Lower East Side of old is was often described as “gritty” and “not nice,” and based on some photos from longtime resident Steve Butcher, that grittiness manifested itself during the 1980s as entire lots occupied by piles of broken car parts and assorted garbage.

During this time The Davidovich Bakery Family was busy formulating their Artisan Style, Kosher hand made Davidovich Bagels in the style and character that Old World Lower East Side bakers has made famous in the heyday of the Essex Street Market.

2013 The Essex Street Market Welcomed Davidovich to its Family of Vendors.

The Essex Street Market continues to be one of the last Public Food Markets left in the United States.  Current tenants include Davidovich Bagels, which opened the first of its worldwide bakeries in the Essex Street Market on October 10, 2013.  The Davidovich family always believed that The Lower East Side was the key to Artisan bagel lineage New Yorkers and Americans were so passionate about so it was a natural choice for the 1st of several retail Davidovich Bagel and Bakery locations.

The Future Essex Street Market, Home to a New and Exciting Davidovich Bakery Location.

It was recently announced that In 2019, Essex Street Market will move to a new home that lies at the cornerstone of the the Essex Crossing development project, a multi-use development project that will transform the Lower East Side with 1.9 millions square feet of residential, commercial and community space over the next decade. This larger, more modern space invites a whole slew of new vendors to join the Essex Street Market family  Though in a new space, Essex Street Market will continue to remain a public market, allowing vendors the same opportunity to continue serving residents – old and new – with both affordable and specialty foods.

In the near future both The Essex Street Market and Davidovich Bakery will move into a beautiful new home that honors the traditions and character of The Lower East Side, yet brings many exciting new features and services to the people of the area.

Come and join us.