The Essex Street Market has been at its present location at Essex and Delancey streets for 70 years, but the recently passed SPURA guidelines may change that.
Last month, Community Board 3 passed the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area guidelines for development. The guidelines affect five undeveloped parcels of land between Delancey and Grand streets that are currently being used as parking lots. New development will bring housing, retail, and possibly a school and nursing home to the area, and also the possibility that the Essex Street Market will be moved to a nearby location.
So one Lower East Side resident has decided to try to stop that from happening. Cynthia Lamb has created an online petition to be sent to the market’s landlord, the New York City Economic Development Corp., asking it to preserve the market in its current home. Lamb’s goal is to get 2,000 signatures; so far there are 185. If you want to add yours to the list, you can do so here.
[Via Bowery Boogie]