Our mission is to support the collective vendor
community by developing dynamic programs
and initiatives that promote Market growth.



The Essex Street Market is a historic public food market dating back to the administration of Fiorello LaGuardia. Created in 1940, the Essex Market originally served as a new place for pushcart and street merchants to do business. Today, the Market is home to more than 20 vendors who both serve and reflect the diverse community that makes up the Lower East Side. Neighborhood residents value the rich cultural, historical, and culinary traditions of our community which have been embodied by market merchants since its inception. 


In 2018, the Market will move to an expanded state-of-the-art facility that will be the cornerstone of the transformative Essex Crossing redevelopment. ESMVA is a 501(c)6 not for profit corporation, expressly created to advocate for vendor needs and coordinate support services, marketing initiatives, events, and programming. ESMVA is the central point of contact between market management, partner organizations as well as other governmental and community stakeholders.