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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.

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Happy 75th, Essex Street Market

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The one constant in New York City is change.

Across the five boroughs, communities are constantly shifting, innovating, and evolving.

But our neighborhoods also ground us, providing foundations for New Yorkers to build their identity, heritage, and sense of place. The Lower East Side is one of these communities. It is home to more than 80,000 people from more than 80 countries and 3,000 businesses and cultural institutions. At the heart of this diverse neighborhood is Essex Street Market.

Established in 1939 by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Essex Street Market has been a...

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The Stories Behind Essex Street Market

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New banners at Essex Street Market are part of a new marketing campaign that shares the stories behind the market's 20+ vendors.

This week, we're sharing a whole new side of Essex Street Market by showcasing the vibrant and dynamic stories behind the merchants at this historic culinary destination.

When Mayor Fiorello La Guardia established the market in 1939, it became a fixture of the Lower East Side. Since then, the neighborhood has evolved, turning the market into a melting pot of distinctive shops that offer a wide array of ethnic and artisanal offerings,...

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Formaggio Essex

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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. Over the next few months, we will feature the characters who make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

This week we profile Formaggio Essex, known for its wide selection of handcrafted cheeses, artisanal meats, and specialty foods. Formaggio Essex is a prime example of Essex Street Market's exquisite taste—one that makes it a true foodie destination. We spoke with general manager Andrew Clark.

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Porto Rico Importing Co.

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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

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Porto Rico Importing Company came into being because a family of newly arrived Italian immigrants craved items from the homeland. 

Founded in 1907 in Greenwich Village, Porto Rico was part of a cluster of stores that sold products that Italians were familiar with. In addition to...

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Davidovich Bakery Shop

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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

Davidovich Bakery is the story of two men searching for the best bagel in NYC. 

With their search yielding minimal satisfaction, they decided to recreate the delicious, mouth-watering bagels they had once tasted in their Grandmother's kitchen for themselves.

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Viva Fruits and Vegetables

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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

Viva Fruits & Vegetables has sold fruits, vegetables, and Mexican specialty food products at Essex Street Market for over 14 years. Some of the products are even imported directly from Mexico and Santo Domingo, like green bananas, plantains, yucca, eggplants, pineapples, coconuts, sugar cane, cassava, and grapefruits!

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Essex Farm

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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

This week, we ventured into Essex Farm, a grocery store inside the market that offers a wide array of high-quality fresh produce including fruit, herbs, and...hot sauce!

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La Marqueta Returns!

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East Harlem has always bred both cultural pioneers and business innovators.

It was here that Latino immigrants first settled in New York City, opening bodegas and botánicas that left an indelible mark on American culture. It was here that Salsa music and Latin Jazz were created, given life, and shared throughout the Americas as a staple of “El Barrio.” It’s here that La Marqueta, upper Manhattan’s home for new businesses, food, and cultural and community entrepreneurs is being reinvigorated today.

As far back as the early 1900s, the area under today’s Metro-North...

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A Taste of Essex Street Market: Shopsin's

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A historic culinary destination on the Lower East Side, Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent merchants. This series features the characters that make up the bustling corner of Delancey and Essex Street.

Decisions, decisions...

With tantalizing names for dishes like the Say Yesshort rib sandwich or the So GoodFrench toast, who can resist a meal from Shopsin's in Essex Street...

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