Hester Street Fair Tries to Stay Alive as Supporters Rally to the Cause

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 at 5:05 am by

The grassroots campaign to support the continuation of Hester Street Fair is gaining momentum.

As reported, the weekly flea market was essentially booted from its eleven-year perch by their landlord, the Seward Park Co-op. The sudden decision – Hester Street Fair was to reopen on April 10 – dumbfounded both vendors and the ownership.

“We provided a proposal to the board in February with no objections or complaints only praise,” the operators told us in an email earlier this week. “Several weeks later, and 4 weeks before opening, we received an email that the board wants to consider another operator for the lot leaving ourselves and over 120 vendors who signed up with nowhere to go and no time to plan an alternative.”

Founded in 2010 by former MTV veejay SuChin Pak, the market operated on a ten-year lease for the no-man’s-lot sandwiched between the Seward Park High School courts and the municipal park itself. The agreement on the space expired last year, but an amendment was signed in July 2020. Yet, the co-op board apparently decided to move on and consider proposals from other operators.

Hester Street Fair management created an online petition in an attempt to overturn the board’s decision. Even though they acknowledge the “board has no legal obligation to the Hester Street Fair, we still urge them to allow us, our vendors, and partners to finish what we started, to continue the fair for this season, and give us the time to transition to a new location.”

So far, nearly 5,000 people signed in support.

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