Well, a lot! For one, this SATURDAY, join the crew for the Essex Street Market Block Party with the promise of lawnchairs, good food, good drink, and good cheer! Essex Street Market first opened in 1940 and though it was born out of the displacement of pushcart peddlers in the 30s, it also cradles a rich history of family-owned businesses and fills the nostalgia tank with its art moderne exterior and ceramic-tiled walls. Today, the small vendors that operate within the market are not just part of LES history, but part of the present community.
Small local businesses are naturally part of the Lower East Side’s cultural fabric; Owner-run small businesses often also act as depository of memories and stories of the community at large, and as the allure of chain stores roll into the neighborhood, shopping local must continue to be a priority towards establishing a sustainable ecosystem of economic support & community building.
As part of Lower East Side History Month, we are also working with Foursquare to bring you exclusive deals and specials from business in the LES and the East Village that will be offered during the month of May. You’ll be able to access all of the deals with this list or by searching #leshistorymonth on the Foursquare app. Here’s a snapshot at what you’ll be able to enjoy:
10% off suits at Ben Freedman Gents
Buy one lunch special get the second lunch special FREE at B & H Dairy
10% off any item at East Village Vintage Collective
25% off on the item of your choice at Exit 9 Gift Emporium
3 traditional cookies for $3 at Insomnia Cookies on Orchard Street
$1 off ice cream sandwiches at Melt Bakery
20% off on the spring 16′ collection at Quinn
One FREE chocolate truffle with purchase at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates
There are MANY more deals (30 in total) so don’t miss out on supporting your local businesses this May!