Essex Street Market’s new home opens its doors

Take a look inside the new Essex Street Market, located across
the street from the old space

A week after New Yorkers said goodbye to the beloved, nearly

80-year old Essex Street Market
, the new version across the
street opened its doors. Neighbors, members of the community, and
city officials, gathered on Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to
celebrate the new location at Essex Crossing.

“It’s bittersweet, that was my home for so long, I grew up
in there,” said Eric Suh, whose family owns the 25-year-old New
Star Fish Market. “But at the same time I’m excited about this
beautiful new building—we are just excited about having more
opportunity to serve the community.”

“Yes, that old building has a ton of character, but the heart
and soul of Essex Market really lies within the vendors and the
shoppers who make-up this community,” Suh added.

The new 37,000-square-foot market is triple the size of the
original one, according to the New York City Economic Development
Corporation (NYCEDC), which led the relocation project. The new
space houses
37 vendors, including the 21 that operated in the old location
,
as well as newcomers like Don Ceviche and the Lower East Side Ice
Cream Factory.

The space also features a demonstration kitchen for cooking
classes and other programming, as well as two restaurant
spaces.

“It’s [been] 80 years since LaGuardia Essex Street Market
has been the place to find food from cultures around the world, and
the Lower East Side is a community that comes together around great
foods since forever, whether it’s empanadas or egg creams, it’s
always here,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said at the
opening event.

Brewer also spoke about the years-long relocation process and
its complexities.

“There was a lot of drama—I must have been to a hundred
meetings to figure out how we’re gonna pull this off,” Brewer
added.


Luis Manuel Vargas, owner of Luna Brothers Fruit Plaza.


Juan Luis Rodriguez and Ramona Rodriguez, owners of Luis Meat
Market.

Eric Suh and his dad, owners of New Star Fish Market.

Saad Bourkadi, owner of Essex Olive & Spice.

Rhonda Kave, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates owner.

Following the ribbon-cutting, vendors rang bells in unison and
clapped.

“It was worth it, everything is different, but it’s really
nice,” Ramona Rodriguez, one of the owners of Luis Meat Market,
said about the move.

Some vendors also applauded the relocation process. “I think
it’s a really good model to help support small businesses,
because we really need that sort of thing in our communities, to
keep the character of our neighborhoods, because they’re becoming
so homogenous,” Rhonda Kave, owner of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates
said.

“That’s the thing that makes our communities vibrant and
attractive, it’s the small mom-and-pop operations and the
one-on-one interaction; so it’s important to maintain that,”
Kave added.

Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
Essex Street Market’s new home opens its doors