See the city's plans for the new Essex Crossing development (slide show)

The six-block space separating the Lower East Side and Chinatown, known as the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, is getting a glassy revamp.

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  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

  • Renderings of Essex Crossing

Renderings of Essex Crossing

It looks as though the long-gestating plans for the empty lots near Delancey and Essex Streets are finally coming together. Today, the Mayor's Office released plans for a new six-acre complex, to be called Essex Crossing, that would change the landscape of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. The city is pairing up with SHoP Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle to redevelop the space.


Despite the fact that the name sounds like that of a suburban strip mall, the space might feature some nifty cultural offerings: The proposal includes shops, restaurants, a movie theater, parks and an Andy Warhol museum. There will also be office space tailored to budding businesses and entrepreneurs, and 1,000 mixed-income apartments, meaning that half the housing would be reserved for residents of modest means.


The New York Times points out that plans for the space could all change once a new mayor is elected in November. If you want to see the proposed changes in their current form, check out the renderings above.



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