Essex Street

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Essex Street
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Tenements on Essex Street between Hester and Grand Streets
LocationNew York City
Essex Street Market

Essex Street is a north-south street on the Lower East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan. North of Houston Street, the street becomes Avenue A, which goes north to 14th Street. South of Canal Street it becomes Rutgers Street, the southern end of which is at South Street.

Essex Street was laid out by James Delancey just before the American Revolution as the east side of a "Delancey Square" intended for a genteel ownership; Delancey returned to England as a Loyalist in 1775, and the square was developed as building lots.[1]

Long a part of the Lower East Side Jewish enclave, many Jewish-owned stores still operate on the street, including a pickle shop and many Judaica shops. It is also home to the Essex Street Market.

South of Hester Street, Essex Street is bordered on the east by Seward Park.

The Sixth Avenue/Rutgers Street Line of the New York City Subway runs under Essex Street and has stations at Delancey Street (F, <F>​​, J, M, and Z​ trains) and East Broadway (F and <F>​ trains).[2]

Essex Street Market/Essex Crossing[edit]

The Essex Street Market, constructed in the 1940s,[3] 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 (1,400 m2) market is made up of approximately 35 individual stalls that range in size from 90 to 600 square feet (8 to 60 m2).[4] Tenants include Shopsin's diner and Davidovich Bagels[5]

In September 2013 it was announced that the market would be integrated into Essex Crossing,[6] a $1.1 billion development which began construction in 2015, and which will feature 1,000 low-, moderate- and middle-income apartments, a movie theater, a bowling alley and cultural space. It is expected to be completed in 2024.[7] The old market was to close on May 5, 2019, and the new location was to open eight days later.[8]

Beginning in October 2017 for four months, the market was scheduled to be one of several sites for an art installation called "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors", by well-known artist Ai Weiwei.[9]



  1. ^ Feirstein, Sanna (2001), Naming New York: Manhattan Places & How They Got Their Names, New York: New York University Press, p. 52, ISBN 978-0-8147-2712-6
  2. ^ "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 21, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Essex Street Market History Archived 2015-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Essex Street Market". New York City Economic Development Corporation. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  5. ^ Litvak, Ed (2013-10-10). "Essex Street Market Bagels: Davidovich Bakery's Grand Opening Today". The Lo-Down. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  6. ^ Bagli, Charles V. "City Plans Redevelopment for Vacant Area in Lower Manhattan". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  7. ^ Garfield, Leanna (April 6, 2017) "11 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform New York City by 2035" Business Insider
  8. ^ Kim, Elizabeth (April 25, 2019). "Say Goodbye To The Old Essex Street Market". Gothamist. Archived from the original on April 25, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ai Weiwei to Take Over New York City With Massive Public Art Project", Artnet News, March 27, 2017, accessed March 30, 2017

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