Official Opening of the Hester Street Fair

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 at 9:24 am by

There was something for everyone at yesterday’s special Hester Street Fair.  Local politicians, Seward Park board members and residents of the Lower East Side gathered to celebrate the “official” opening of the Hester Street Fair.  This celebration was in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Seward Park Housing Development.  Politicians mingled with residents and shared memories of the past, and spoke about what impact they believe this fair will have on the community.

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Life-long Lower East Side resident Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was on hand for the festivities (and was also at Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival).  “I think it’s great.  This connects the old Lower East Side with the new Lower East Side.  Themes are the same, really upgraded and not the push cart type,” said Speaker Silver.  Indeed, the push carts are a thing of the past as local vendors from across the neighborhood set up shop to show off some of their delicacies.  You can find everything from handbags and jewelry to organic dog treats and exotic pretzels.   If you are looking for some lobster or shrimp rolls, just stop by Luke’s Lobster to satisfy your appetite.   The Hester Street Fair has it all.

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Organizing this fair took plenty of time and effort by a number of dedicated individuals.  Seward Park president Michael Tumminia was one of those individuals who gave up his time to make this happen.  “There was a piece of land that had been unused for decades.   We improved this land by repaving it, and adding water and electricity,” said Mr. Tumminia.  “Every weekend we have activities for families and children to enjoy.”

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The Hester Street Fair is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm through December.  It is located at the intersection of Hester and Essex Streets.

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Written by Andrew Cohen.  Photos courtesy of Andrew Cohen.

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