Hester Street

Chinatown Plagued by Spate of Burglaries

Posted July 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

Lock your doors. Hide your kids. Hide your wife. The 5th Precinct is warning residents about a spate of home burglaries in Chinatown over the past week. Police say that the suspect, described as an Hispanic male with medium build in his thirties, has struck at least six buildings so far. Four locations were reportedly […]

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‘The Sweet Life’ Candy Store is Closing After More than 35 Years on Hester Street

Posted June 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

The Sweet Life, the only legit candy store south of Delancey Street, is no more. A rusty “store for rent” sign has long dangled from the exterior of 63 Hester Street (along Ludlow), and now the narrative is finally coming true. More than three decades after opening its doors on the Lower East Side, the […]

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Meow Parlour Fundraising After Vandals Shatter Front Window

Posted May 31, 2018 at 5:05 am

Monday night, in the waning hours of Memorial Day weekend, vandals reportedly attacked Meow Parlour on Hester Street. Half the glass window shattered. “Fortunately, [the window] didn’t collapse and no cats were harmed,” Meow Parlour noted on Facebook. “We are very grateful to our neighbors who alerted us so that we could immediately secure the […]

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For Hester Street Collaborative, Uproar Over Linda Sarsour Honor

Posted May 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

The Hester Street Collaborative just announced its annual benefit gala. As part of the fundraiser fete next month, they’re honoring, among others, controversial Palestinian-American activist, Linda Sarsour. The local nonprofit group – dedicated to urban planning, design, and development “to ensure neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them” – is apparently making […]

9th Season of Hester Street Fair Kicks off This Weekend

Posted April 13, 2018 at 9:28 am

It’s that time of year again. With the winter thaw comes spring… and the Hester Street Fair. The fair has set up shop on Hester Street nine times, and this iteration brings some fresh programming and tasty treats to keep foodies and those who want to support local coming back for more. This year adds […]

Anti-Gun Mural Painted on Hester Street

Posted December 15, 2017 at 5:12 am

Shots fired. Muralist Otto Schade is throwing shade at gun control with this powerful new piece on Hester Street, just east of the Bowery. It was painted last week. The liberty eagle’s wingspan runs the length of the brick wall, and is composed solely of weaponry. Machine guns and knives. And the bird is clutching […]

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Hester Street Newsstand Closes Down, ‘Chung’s’ Ghost Signage Remains

Posted October 10, 2017 at 5:04 am

What was once “Chung’s Candy & Soda Stand” is back on the market. The tiny retail footprint at the northeast corner of Hester and the Bowery is now leasing. The last newsstand here – C&L Sunrise Grocery – folded last month after roughly five years on the black. The token “retail space for lease” banner […]

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Taiwanese Fried Chicken Joint, ‘Chicken V,’ Joins the Fray on Hester Street

Posted August 4, 2017 at 5:17 am

The dead zone of a block on the south side of Hester Street, between Chrystie and the Bowery, now boasts a new fast-food joint. Taiwanese fried chicken outpost, OFC Chicken V, announced itself to the neighborhood last month. It’s taken over the store previously occupied by the Kang Kee Chinese restaurant. Aside from the namesake […]

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Game Repair Shop ‘xCubicle’ Powers Down Essex Street HQ After 10 Years

Last modified July 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Gamers, pay heed. xCubicle, the longstanding video game repair shop at Essex and Hester Streets, vacated the block last week after nearly a decade serving the community. A banner strung from the building facade over the weekend announces the departure. We spoke to co-owner Pat Chen, who revealed that the lease is up on 25 […]

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LES Favorite ‘Classic Coffee Shop’ Now Open on Weekends

Posted July 11, 2017 at 5:09 am

Lots of changes to report at the Classic Coffee Shop on Hester Street. The storefront itself is the recent recipient of a new teal makeover; egg creams are now being advertised in the immediate two blocks big time; but more importantly, ownership is trying out weekend hours. A marked departure from its usual practice. This past […]

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