Essex Street Market

The Essex Street Market, on New York’s Lower East Side, was created in 1940 under Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia. The goal was for a indoor place for street merchants, to make the city streets less crowded with vendors. It was a merchant cooperative until 1986, then was run by a private developer, and then in 1995 the city took it over as a public market. This is the last year in this space; in 2018 the market will move to a new larger building nearby.

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