Hester Street


Local Groups Protest Margaret Chin’s Alleged Refusal to Protect the LES Waterfront

Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:14 am

The Coaltion to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side is turning up the heat against Councilwoman Margaret Chin, who, the group alleges, is refusing to back the full Chinatown Working Group (CWG) Rezoning Plan. The herculean undertaking was planned in response to the 2008 rezoning which left out large portions of downtown. (The argument […]

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‘O Cafe’ Outpost Set for 61 Hester Street, Formerly Brown

Posted September 1, 2016 at 5:10 am

Food will once again return to 61 Hester Street. Since 2013, the shuttered Brown and Orange on Hester Street have remained in the catering game. That was the year the longtime favorites ended the public-facing restaurant. Instead, the spaces functioned as host for random events and/or preparing for others at 61 Hester Street. Three years […]

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The Classic Coffee Shop Reopens on Hester Street

Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:15 am

The local diner classic is back. The Classic Coffee Shop reopened yesterday after its week-long renovation period. The sign on 56 Hester Street alerting customers to its summer cleaning was definitely a scare. As was the cluttered space – in a state of total disarray – on Tuesday evening. After all, we’re all too familiar […]


LES Stalwart ‘Classic Coffee Shop’ Temporarily Closes for Renovations

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:13 am

Well, this certainly isn’t the best way to start the day. The Classic Coffee Shop on Hester Street, the authentic luncheonette mainstay in the neighborhood for decades, is currently closed for renovations. Temporarily, though. This, according to a computer printout pasted to the shuttered gate. Despite the unease – these renovation notices are oftentimes a […]

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Original Home of Roumanian-American Synagogue on Hester Street Sells to Brazilian Developer for $5.9M

Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

The original home of the First Roumanian-American Synagogue at 70 Hester Street (designed by Frederick Jenth in 1881) finally sold this month after an extended period on the open market. A few years after the first listings first surfaced, Brazil-based real estate developer Eduardo de Souza Ramos of Cerfco Participações acquired the three-story building for $5.9 million. […]

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Hester Street Fair Kicks Off 7th Season Today

Posted May 14, 2016 at 8:25 am

The Hester Street Fair is back for the 2016 season. As in years prior, the artisan market will provide food, fashion and fun to the creative denizens of Manhattan. “We want to embrace what the Lower East side has always been for artist[s]; even if the rents continue to rise the park will always be for the […]

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Corner Tenement at​ 119 Hester Street Flipped for $16.5M Payload

Posted April 14, 2016 at 5:11 am

​An anchoring corner tenement down at the curvature of Forsyth Street and Hester changed hands earlier this month for $16.9 million. Buyer of record is David Krami (DK Hester Street LLC), who acquired 119 Hester from a partnership composed of Dalan Management’s Daniel Wrublin, Ronald Beard, and Scott Atler. This is the second time in […]

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Gowan’s ‘Party Shirt’ Boutique on Hester Street

Posted December 9, 2015 at 5:17 am

The mess of scaffolding attached to 48 Hester Street the last year obscured the entrance of a fancy new retailer this fall. Shirt purveyor Gowan opened a studio that boasts a single rack with a dozen garments, but empty otherwise. In its own words, the so-called Gowan House “serves as a showroom, laboratory, and meeting […]

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Hester Street Fair Plugs in with ‘Hesterfest’ Live Show Tomorrow, Featuring 9 Bands

Posted October 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

As a part of the fall lineup, the  Hester Street Fair  is bringing “Hesterfest“ to the Lower East Side. It’s the first of four such events this month, and is touted as a day filled with live musical performances, from nine different talented singer/songwriters, punk bands, hip hop acts. There will also be food vendors from around the city (Poke Ono, Red Star Sandwich […]

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Glassy Gertel’s Killing Condo Has Risen from the Dead on Hester Street

Posted July 7, 2015 at 5:14 am

Once dubbed a “historic hole,” the former home of Gertel’s Bakery at 53 Hester Street is now filled with an eleven-story tumor. Sitting unpretty. Unencumbered, even. The finger building disrobed a couple weeks ago after many months of construction work. In fact, the project site was fallow until late last year. It’s been a long […]

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