The Essex Market Court and former Essex Market Place

Photos of the Essex Market Court (entrance on Essex) from the turn of the century. You can see the old Essex Market Place (which ran crosstown between Essex and Ludlow Street) in the top left photo; the legendary Ludlow Street Jail can also be seen behind the court in that photo (its entrance was on Ludlow).

The Essex Market Court, erected in 1856, was eventually relocated to 2nd Ave and 2nd Street, now the site of the Anthology Film Archives.

The other two photos of people milling around in front of the court are from an October 8, 1905 New York Times article about plans to renovate/destroy the building:

Essex Market Court prisoners, scan from a 1900 magazine
Today the site houses Seward Park High School.

Eric Ferrara

I'm a 4th generation Lower East Sider, professional NYC history author, movie & TV consultant & personality, founder of Lower East Side History Project, and real estate agent at LOHO Realty.

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