Essex Street Market


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, immigrants piled into the narrow quarters of Manhattan's Lower East Side, stacked into tenement buildings and choking the streets with kiosks that sold everything from hats to sausages. By the 1940s, the throngs of pushcarts inhibited nearly all traffic, including basic police patrol. To clear the way yet preserve the clattering, convivial scene, Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia gathered all of the area butchers, growers, and seamstresses into a permanent, weatherproof market on the corner of Essex and Delancey streets.

Jewish and Italian merchants gave way to Puerto Rican vendors as demographics shifted. Following a slump in the 1980s, the market was reinvigorated in the mid-1990s by an influx of energetic new residents. Today this eclectic, bustling hall is filled with stalls selling dewy fish, handmade chocolates, specialty ice cream, freshly baked pastries, gourmet cheeses, and farm-fresh produce. It’s a great place to nosh on the go! An art gallery provides a dash of scenery.


120 Essex St.
New York, New York 10002


40.71944700, -73.98767600

Open Hours

Mon.–Sat. 8–7, Sun. 10–6.
Visit Website
212) 312-3603

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