Lunar New Year at The Market Line
CELEBRATE 2023 AT THE MARKET LINE
Ring in the New Year with New Food, New Vendors, and a line-up of Lunar New Year Activities
New York, NY – Essex Crossing’s The Market Line, the underground market offering the best of the Lower East Side, is celebrating the New Year, and all of New York is invited.
Head downstairs from Essex Market in January and February for new food vendors, new shops and activities, and plenty of ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
New Year Food & Drinks
Beginning this Friday, January 13th, Rebecca’s Cake Pops will have Lunar New Year-themed cake pops along with the rest of Rebecca’s adorable creations. Best Damn Cookies, in collaboration with Justin Wong, a.k.a. The Hungry Artist will also be debuting their first-ever Taiwanese QQ cookies. And, if you missed it over the Christmas holiday, Salon Sucre will be serving their Galette des Rois (Three King’s Cake) through the end of the month.
At Grand Delancey, in addition to their Lunar New Year-themed drinks throughout the month, those celebrating Dry January are invited to stop by on January 20th for an evening of no or low-ABV beer, wine, and cocktails. For those skipping Dry January or wanting to end the month with a bang, Fyden’s Brewing, a small-batch Albany-based brewery known for hazy IPAs, will also be doing a Tap Takeover on January 28th.
New Shops & Activities
Smith & Parka Atelier is now open across from Essex Pearl Wednesday through Sunday. Founded in 2014 as a conceptual design studio, Smith + Parka has evolved from a passion project to a lifestyle brand and after a year of success with the original Solo Sling, all designs are now produced in The Market Line. All products are handmade by designer David Lee and are inspired by arts, travel, and an active lifestyle.
Catalyst Records, the Lower East Side’s new source for vinyl records and vintage clothing located beneath the stairs at the Market Line’s 115 Delancey Street entrance, is now open as well. Founded by Mattley Mountain and Gary Guarinello, who frequent market visitors may know as the butcher from End’s Meat, Catalyst is open seven days a week, with plans to begin hosting live performances this Spring.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year festivities kick off with the unveiling of a new art installation from artist Helen So on Saturday, January 21st. Helen So a.k.a “the Bad Art Teacher” is from Hong Kong. Specializing in illustration and acrylics and sometimes dabbling in mixed media, So’s mission is to bring joy to all of her art. Having only moved to the U.S. a few months ago, her work has already been included in multiple gallery openings in Chinatown including the Canal St. Market, Art Bean Coffee, and Spongies Cafe, amongst others. Swing through between 4 and 7 PM as the artist will be live painting a new installation to ring in the New Year.
New York Choy Lay Fut, a community-based group based in Manhattan’s Chinatown will also be performing Lion Dances starting around 5:30 PM on Saturday. Founded in 1968, the club served as a safe harbor for the youth of Chinatown while carrying out the club’s mission of carrying along the kung fu style of Choy Lay Fut. Now with over 80 active members, the group performs throughout the tri-state area.
For the kids, The Market Line will also be hosting a special red lantern-making craft table on Saturday in the central community seating area across from Kuro-Obi and Slice Joint.
On Sunday, January 22nd, the Green Tile Social Club will be hosting their monthly mahjong meetup from 1–4 PM. All levels of play are welcome—teaching, intermediate, and expert tables will be available for anyone who wants to join the club
Lastly, every Sunday during Lunar New Year starting at 4 PM, The Market Line will be showing free movies for the whole family on the screens by Taqueria Nixtamal.
Lunar New Year @ The Market Line
Saturday, 1/21, 4-7 PM
Lunar New Year Art Opening with Live Painting from Helen So
Lion Dance Performance from New York Choy Lay Fut
Red Lantern Kids Crafts
Sunday, 1/22, 1-4 PM
Green Tile Social Club Mahjong meetup
Sundays @ 4 PM
1/22 – Mulan
1/29 – Raya and the Last Dragon
2/5 – Abominable
Come by throughout the month for the performances, meet-ups, and fun, grab a bite from one of many vendors serving Lunar New Year specials, and don’t forget to stop by Rebecca’s Cake Pops, Best Damn Cookies, or South East to pick up themed treats to-go to make Lunar New Year gifting extra special.
About The Market Line:
Once complete, the Market Line will run three underground city blocks alongside Broome Street in the Lower East Side. The currently open section (below Essex Market) features more than 25 locally-sourced vendors serving food, culture, shopping, and activities. Open seven days a week, with a constantly rotating roster of classes, performances, and events, The Market Line is here to fill bellies and ignite inspiration while remaining locally focused and community-minded. Locals and tourists alike should visit marketline.nyc and follow @themarketline on Instagram to see the latest of what’s happening underground.