All renderings courtesy The Market Line
We’ve been keeping tabs on the progress of the Lower East Side’s Essex Crossing for some time now. When completed, the 1.9 million-square-foot, mixed-use project — spanning roughly between Stanton and Grand Streets to the north and south, and Essex and Clinton Streets to the west and east — will be home to new housing units, office space and retail shops. Although the wait has been long, we’re now getting another look at one of the most anticipated aspects of the mega-development: The Market Line, the 150,000-square-foot, subterranean market that will anchor three buildings. Check out the latest renderings of the forthcoming marketplace, what will be New York City’s largest, below:
The Market Hall, which will rollout in three phases, will serve as the new home of the 76-year-old Essex Street Market. By fall, it will house around 70 vendors, including roughly 40 that were selected to complement those already at the Essex Street Market, according to Eater NY. Favorites like Shopsin’s, Saxelby Cheesemongers, and Luis Meat Kitchen will replant their stakes at the new outpost.
In addition to a total of 150 vendors, The Market Hall will also include two indoor parks, a beer garden, 20 retail spaces, and a 40-foot-tall glass wall that looks up to the sidewalk level, and allows natural light to flow in.
To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak peek at the line up of first-phase vendors:
- Famed taqueria in Corona, Queens: Tortilleria Nixtamal
- The Upper East Side’s 100-year-old German butcher shop: Schaller & Weber
- No-frills, cozy Ukrainian diner in the East Village: Veselka
- Cafe and roasting facility with eight locations: Cafe Grumpy
- Whole-animal Salumeria in Sunset Park: Ends Meat
- Seafood purveyor and raw bar from the Lower East Side: Essex Pearl
- Brooklyn-based craft kombucha company: Pilot Kombucha
- Japanese ramen shop that focuses exclusively on “tori paitan” (chicken base): Kuro-Obi
- Chinatown dim sum eatery: Nom Wah
“The grocery, gallery, and eatery spaces will create a continuous marketplace — much like the famed markets in Europe and the Middle East,” a spokesperson for The Market Line tells us. “Food vendors that are more commonly associated with food halls, such as Tortilleria Nixtamal, will not simply be selling their tacos, but will carry a wide range of their products so that shoppers are encouraged to treat the space as their marketplace to collect ingredients to take home and cook with.”
The Essex Crossing mega-development — comprised of nine buildings, 400,000-square-feet of office space and 450,000-square-feet of retail area connected by green spaces and bike paths — is slated to be completed by 2024. The Market Line, however, is on track to finish by 2020.