December 15th, 2014 “The Contract” at Essex Street x < > i “The Contract” at Essex StreetCameron Rowland Public Surplus is a private auction system that sells government property to private buyers. This circular wooden table was bought at auction from Public Surplus. It was used in the building at 49-51 Chambers Street in New York City, when it was owned by the Mayor’s Office of New York. The City purchased the building in 1965. The building was sold in 2013 and is now privately owned. Everything unclaimed in the building was sold in 2014 via Public Surplus.