This May Celebrate Essex Market’s 75th Anniversary – Plus New Hours and Mother’s Day Madness!
Essex Street Market is New York City’s original public market! Built in 1940 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in an effort to ‘relocate’ (ie eradicate) the pushcart vendors that clogged the streets of the Lower East Side, Essex Market was built using WPA funds.
At its height, the market was home to 475 vendors in four buildings that spanned Essex Street from Broome Street to Stanton Street, making it the food focal point for one of the city’s most commercial neighborhoods. In the early years, most of the merchants in the market were Jewish and Italian. As the demographics of the Lower East Side began to change in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the merchant base shifted to Puerto Rican and Dominican immigrants.
Essex Market is one of four remaining WPA-era public markets
in New York City (La Marqueta in Harlem, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx, and The Moore Street Market in Bushwick). In its 75 years of operation, the market has been witness to an ever-changing Lower East Side, all the while providing fresh food in a bare bones, authentic way that hearkens to Old World marketplaces.
This May, make a trip over to the market to see what’s new (and enjoy what’s old!) as we celebrate a culinary gem in New York City’s history!
Check out essexstreetmarket.com
for a full menu of special events this month, or look at our list of highlights below!
TENEMENT TALK – ESSEX MARKET HISTORY
Wednesday 5/6 – 7 to 9pm
Adam Steinberg, head of the Tenement Museum’s education department will lead a panel discussion featuring Ira Stolzenberg of Rainbo’s Fish, Sobeida DelaCruz of Viva Fruits and Vegetables, and Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers talking about their stories of running a business in the market.
MiLES – POP UP BRUNCH SERIES
Saturday 5/16 and Sunday 5/17
Brunch in the Essex Street Market with two fabulous ethnic-inspried menus using ingredients sourced from the market! Saturday’s brunch will feature Jamaican-style and Sunday’s brunch will be Puerto-Rican style. Tickets are limited so get yours today!
ESSEX MARKET BIRTHDAY BLOCKPARTY!
Saturday, May 30th 12 to 5pm
Join your favorite Essex Market merchants for an all-out block party! We’ll be shutting down Essex Street and grilling up a storm. Come for delicious food, drinks, music, games, and more!