3. The Oldest Vendor Has Been at the Market for Over 25 Years

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The oldest vendor at Essex Street Market is New Star Fish Market, which opened in 1993. Founded by Jae Duk Suh with hopes of providing a better future for his family, the stall which specializes in fresh seafood remains family owned with his son Eric also involved now. He told the NYCEDC, “My happiest memories are of the daily interactions with my customers and forming long-lasting bonds, which I still have today. In the 1990s, AT&T filmed a commercial for the Super Bowl at New Star Fish Market.