Hester Street

Classic Coffee Becomes a Trendy Cafe Tailor Shop Hybrid

Last modified March 26, 2021 at 3:15 pm

On Hester Street, a beloved cafe goes from Classic to trendy. Indeed, the Classic Coffee Shop, which closed last year after decades serving the Seward Park environs, has been reborn as a fancy cafe-cum-tailor shop. Former owner Carmine Morales relinquished 56 Hester Street to clothing designer Emily Adams Bode and her partner, furniture designer Aaron […]

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

Posted March 24, 2021 at 5:05 am

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 […]

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Looking Back at Classic Coffee Shop on the Eve of its Closure

Posted December 24, 2020 at 5:03 am

Today marks the final day of business for the Classic Coffee Shop, a cozy luncheonette that’s kept the neighborhood fed for decades. As reported, the lease on 56 Hester Street expires this month, and owner Carmine Morales decided to retire. And insists that there is no rent hike or foul play here. The pandemic has […]

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Last Call for Classic Coffee Shop, Decades-Old Icon of Hester Street

Posted December 22, 2020 at 5:02 am

It’s last call for Classic Coffee Shop on Hester Street. Last day of business for the cozy luncheonette – on the block for forty-plus years is Christmas Eve. Closure is not due to any rent hike. Simply, the lease is up this month, and owner Carmine Morales has decided to retire. The pandemic has affected […]

Icon Realty Snaps up Hester Street Building for $6.4M

Posted April 28, 2020 at 5:06 am

Real estate transactions don’t cease just because of a deadly virus and pandemic. Real estate magnate, Icon Realty Management, just scooped up another Lower East Side property. The twenty-unit multifamily walk-up at 61 Hester Street, formerly home to the Sweet Life candy shop on the ground floor, traded hands last week for $6.4 million. Margray […]

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Report: Hong Kong Supermarket Owners Wanted to ‘Take Care of Customers’ but Got Caught Gouging

Posted April 14, 2020 at 5:04 am

Former Hong Kong actress Veronica Yip recently explained the impetus behind her husband’s decision to keep their supermarkets open during the COVID-19 crisis, ultimately leading to severe disciplinary action by the city. In a lifestyle article posted to celebrity website Jayne Stars, it’s revealed that Veronica Yip and Jeffrey Wu kept open the Hong Kong […]

Hong Kong Supermarket in Chinatown Faces Nearly $70K in Fines for Repeat Price Gouging

Posted April 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

Three stores are facing prosecution from the city for alleged repeat price gouging during the COVID-19 outbreak, with violations totaling $101,500. Hong Kong Supermarket on Hester Street was cited for 139 violations of price gouging face masks, gloves, disinfect wipes and hand sanitizer. We reported on this escalated costs last month, and the story spread throughout the […]

Tales from the Shutdown: Gouge Away

Posted March 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

Sometimes, panic and shutdown brings out the worst of humanity. Such as gross opportunism at local stores. One Chinatown informant tells us that some neighborhood stores are marking up the most sought-after goods during this COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, the Hong Kong Supermarket at 157 Hester Street. Items like alcohol prep pads – $20 for […]

When Vulgar Fellatio Graffiti is Scrawled Outside this Hester Street Elementary School

Posted May 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

Students of Public School 42 on Hester Street (aka Benjamin Altman) were briefly greeted with a vulgar message on the way to class this week. Someone spray-painted the oral message, “Not Gonna Suck Your Dick,” on the sidewalk and vacant store just across the street (58 Hester). Clearly visible to kids in school. Or, was… […]

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No More ‘Sweet Life’ on Hester Street

Posted July 25, 2018 at 5:04 am

What an awful sight. The Sweet Life has gone sour. The neighborhood candy store, on Hester Street since 1982, recently vanished. It closed down a few weeks ago after three decades of fulfilling the area’s collective sweet tooth. The only evidence of its footprint is now is the pinstriped awning and fading gate mural. Behind […]

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