You Can Sign a Petition to Keep the Essex Street Market Where It Is

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The Essex Street Market, a long, long time ago.

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]

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Here's what I wrote. It's absolutely mind-boggling to me that after the resurrection of this historic market, the city would consider altering or moving it.

Please save this historic and beautiful market in its original location. It is currently home to a vibrant collection of great vendors - both artisanal and new, and ethnic and traditional. It's a crossroads of different traditions and classes in an increasingly class-riven city. And really, it's all New York has to offer that comes close to the Farmer's Market in Hollywood, Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, or Lexington Market (one of many) in Baltimore. Our city should at least match what those cities have to offer - in terms of history, character, selection and support of small businesses and great local vendors. It's a no-brainer - save Essex Market, where it is. Please think hard.

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