Essex Street Market Tour



Join us and Turnstile Tours for an exploration of the market’s historical evolution as a community-based resource for the residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side from 1940 to the present. This tour will examine the context for the establishment of public markets in New York City during Mayor LaGuardia’s administration, including historical intersections with pushcart peddling, and will introduce the stories behind the businesses in the market today, from grocers, butchers, cheese and fish mongers to bakers and chocolatiers. Learn about what it means to the current Essex Street vendor community to carry on the historical legacy of public markets in New York City. Featured vendors will provide small food samples and we’ll also equip you with shopping bags to bring the tastes and smells of the market into your home following the tour. 

  • Friday, September 18th at 5:15PM & 6:30PM
  • Friday, October 9th at 5:15PM & 6:30PM
  • Friday, October 16th at 5:15PM & 6:30PM
  • Friday, November 6th at 5:15PM & 6:30PM
  • Friday, November 13th at 5:15PM & 6:30PM
  • Friday, December 4th at 5:15PM & 6:30PM

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