A Greenmarket for Seward Park?
The Lo-Down reports that the Seward Park Co-op is exploring the possibility of bringing a greenmarket or "artisans market" to a property it owns on Essex Street next to Seward Park. According to the Lo-Down, the co-op's president says the board wants to increase more foot traffic in the neighborhood, "as part of a larger plan to make shopping and dining below Delancey more appealing." Though the neighborhood west of Essex Street has more than its fair share of restaurants and boutiques, such development has been slow to come to the area surrounding Co-op Village: The Doughnut Plant and Kossar's aside, Grand Street in particular has had difficulty attracting hungry clientele. It did make food headlines when Isabella's Oven closed amid a maelstrom of graffiti, sledgehammers, and allegations of "mental abuse," and now some neighbors are hopeful that the pizzeria's upcoming replacement, Grand Park, will bring more foot traffic to the strip, which is populated largely by kosher restaurants and mom 'n' pop shops.
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