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Essex Crossing will be a vibrant addition to the Lower East Side, one of New York City's most dynamic, diverse, and historic neighborhoods.

For the Lower East Side

Essex Crossing will live in the heart of the Lower East Side. Located on one of the largest stretches of undeveloped City-owned land in Manhattan—commonly known as the Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area—the development is turning parking lots into affordable housing, retail space, offices, and community and green spaces for the Lower East Side community.

On the Horizon

By The Numbers


Square feet of residential, commercial, and community space

Essex Crossing, Visualization by Handel Architects
By The Numbers


Square Feet of public open space, plus community facilities and a rooftop urban farm

By The Numbers


Affordable homes for low- and middle-income households and seniors

An Institution Renewed

In May 2019, the Essex Market opened at its new home, giving the community—and the city—a taste of Essex Crossing’s potential for the Lower East Side. Triple of the size of the former Essex Street Market, the new market features all 21 vendors from the original market and 16 new vendors. The new Essex Market is the city’s first new public market to open since 1955.

Affordable Housing for Seniors

January 2018 saw the opening of the first of Essex Crossing’s nine sites, the 100% affordable Frances Goldin Senior Apartments at 175 Delancey Street. In addition to 99 affordable apartments, the building will include a medical center, senior center, and job training services for young adults.

The opening marked the emotional homecoming of six New Yorkers displaced from their homes when tenement housing in the area was demolished in 1965. At the time of the opening, six tenants, each of whom were promised they would return, were moving into the building.

I couldn’t be happier to return to the Lower East Side after 50 years away from the community where I was raised. This is one of the best neighborhoods in the world and it means so much to be coming back.
David Santiago
tenant at the Frances Goldin Senior Apartments

Coming to Life

Essex Crossing is the result of a successful collaboration between the local community and the City—through NYCEDC and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)—and Manhattan Community Board 3, which worked diligently to represent the Lower East Side community leading to the development’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) approval in 2012 and beyond.

In September 2013, the City selected Delancey Street Associates LLC, to develop the Essex Crossing project. Delancey Street Associates LLC is a joint venture comprising affordable housing developers L+M Development Partners, BFC Partners, and Taconic Investment Partners—which are also working with nonprofits Grand Street Settlement and LESEN on community facilities and outreach.

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ULURP Application
  • Original Application March 2012

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