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Essex Street Market's 75th Anniversary Block Party

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Someone had a birthday party on Saturday...

Essex Street Market celebrated its 75th Anniversary, serving the Lower East Side community this past weekend with all the delicious food and fanfare deserving of a legendary culinary destination. 

Throughout the month of May, Essex Street Market and its vendors, in conjunction with NYCEDC and the Lower East Side Business Improvement Dstrict (LESBID), celebrated the incredible vendors through a series of art exhibits and storytelling projects, a community brunch series, and other public events.

The month-long show of appreciation culminated in a lively community block party on Saturday, May 30 on Essex Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets. The block was abuzz with live music, tasty fare from Market vendors and local restaurants, and of course, a big birthday cake!

Nearly 1000 people attended Saturday's block party, a testament to the market's role as a community hub.

Local representatives including Councilmember Margaret Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li attended to show their support and praised the Market for its long history of service to the Lower East Side. Then-NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball and Executive Director of the LESBID Tim Laughlin were also on hand to attest to the importance of the Market to the local economy. 

"This is a neighborhood that cares about our vendors, our mom-and-pop businesses," said Brewer, "and if there’s one example of supporting the mom-and-pops, it’s here at Essex Street Market."

Brewer then officially proclaimed May 30, 2015 as Essex Street Market Day in the City of New York. Anne Saxelby, owner of Saxelby Cheesemongers, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the Essex Street Market Vendor Association and cited the importance of having a world-class public market like Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side.

After the ceremony, the fun continued with live music, dancing, and of course, cake.

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It's not a block party without grilled corn, right? 

The birthday festivities may have ended, but we encourage you to stop by and wish the Essex Street Market vendors a happy anniversary all year long. Today, and in the future, be sure to support Essex Street Market, open seven days a week!  Learn more about Essex Street Market here.

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