Hunts Point and Essex Street Markets May Move


The Wall Street Journal reminds us today that the Hunts Point produce market might move to Jersey, and it isn’t the only one that might be packing up. As the Daily News reported earlier this month, Community Board 3 is considering whether the Essex Street Market should move when the city starts developing the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. Now a “Save The Essex Street Market” petition (currently about 500 signatures strong) has landed in our in-box: “Those of us who live in the Lower East Side, as well as those who seek out the Essex Street Market — or come upon it by surprise — cherish its history and service to the neighborhood,” reads the petition. “It’s a living piece of Lower East Side history, created for pushcart vendors in January of 1940.” If you agree that “loss of this historic market in its current location would be a loss for our neighborhood and for the city of New York,” go ahead and sign the petition before CB3 revisits the matter next month.