Smorgasburg Takes Over from Hester Street Fair
The Seward Park Co-op on Wednesday announced to its shareholders the entity to replace the Hester Street Fair.
The housing complex, which owns the backside lot facing Essex Street, ultimately chose Smorgasburg as the operator. The company behind the behemoth market – Flea Industries – will impart the “Hester Flea,” beginning Saturdays later this month. The space will allow for roughly twenty-five vendors during pandemic times to allow for social distancing.
For weeks, advocates of the decade-running Hester Street Fair had been scrambling to assemble support to stay alive. Claiming that the board had booted them by surprise. The agreement on the space expired last year, but an amendment was apparently signed in July 2020. Organizers allege that the two sides were hammering out a proposal in February that was well received.
The Co-op, for its part, stated otherwise.
“While the board granted a one-year extension of its license expiring in 2019, there were never any indications in 2020 or earlier this year that the company would continue to operate the event space in 2021,” the board wrote in a letter to residents.
“The board certainly sympathizes with the vendors who participated in the Hester Street Fair, or who paid vendor fees for 2021 in advance to The Big Social, but we encourage them and others who are interested in being a part of the Hester Flea to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.”