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First look at Essex Crossing’s second condo tower

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One Essex Crossing will bring 83 condos to the Lower East Side

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In the past few years, the stretch of Delancey Street just over the Williamsburg Bridge has undergone massive changes, as the buildings of the Essex Crossing megaproject have swiftly risen. (Well, not so swiftly; the area was first earmarked for redevelopment in the 1950s under a contentious urban renewal scheme.)

In addition to office space and retail, the large-scale development has five apartment buildings that are either completed or under construction. While a good chunk of these are rentals, there are two condos in the mix as well: 242 Broome, which launched sales in 2016, and One Essex Crossing (aka 202 Broome Street), which is due to hit the market later this year.

While details on the latter have been scarce up to this point, a new teaser website for the building, which just went live, is providing new information. The building, which is designed by CetraRuddy, will stand on the corner of Broome and Norfolk streets, with its lower level devoted to the Market Line, the massive food bazaar that opened earlier this year.

There will be just 83 condos, most of which will be one- and two-bedrooms, with studios and larger apartments (including penthouses) thrown in as well. When residents move in in 2021, they’ll also have access to a spate of plush amenities, including what the website says will be a “verdant elevated garden”; many of the units themselves also have balconies.

This year will bring a flurry of activity to Essex Crossing: The project’s second building dedicated to senior affordable housing, 140 Essex Street, will open to tenants in late January. The 26-story mixed-use building at 180 Broome Street, known as The Artisan, will launch its affordable housing lottery in January, followed by the building’s market-rate leasing launch in May; move-ins will start in June. Broome Street Gardens, a 9,000-square-foot indoor public park above the Market Line, will also debut in June. Around the corner at 242 Broome Street, the International Center of Photography will open its new flagship location in January.