Hester Street Fair
Apr 27, 2013
to Oct 27, 2013 Official Site
Hester Street Fair, a multi-vendor alternative to traditional flea markets that sits tucked away in Seward Park between Grand and Canal Streets, is back in a big way for 2011. Besides combining a forum for gourmet food vendors and a hearty selection of handmade and vintage wares, opening day also kicks off the Lower Feast Side Food Festival and the New Museum’s Festival of New Ideas. Expect more than 60 vendors for opening day, May 7.
Organized by SuChin Pak, community leader, MTV correspondent, and host of the Discovery Channel’s G Word on Planet Green, the Hester Street Fair was inspired by Pak’s years of working as an environmental and community activist. Together with her brother Suhyun Pak, and two of her friends, Ron Castellano and Adam Zeller, she started the seasonal market to serve the needs of Lower East Siders. Pak envisioned the fair not only a place to shop for unique goods, but also one to buy locally produced foods and learn more about LES projects.
Since then, Hester Street has become a weekend destination for the epicurious. Pak has created a dynamic environment of delicious, low-cost offerings like hand-baked pretzels from Sigmund Pretzels; made-or-order farm-fresh omelets and hand-squeezed juices from Too Good Traders; delicious artisan breads from Pain D’Avignon; imported Canadian bagels from Brooklyn’s Mile End; Luke’s Lobster rolls; bacon-infused chocolates from Roni-Sue; and La NewYorkina, purveyor of homemade popsicles in flavors that include avocado, mango, and hibiscus. The roster of vendors changes from week to week, so don’t expect dwindling crowds until temperatures climb way past comfortable.
In between snacks, stock up on vintage housewares, kitschy knick-knacks, stylish boots, beautiful jewelry, oversized sunglasses, and floral print sundresses. Refurbished bikes will also be on sale again this year, alongside funky apartment-scaled furnishings, functional rotary telephones, stylish pillows, and original, handcrafted pottery. With an ever-rotating roster of handpicked sellers, have no fear that Hester Street will continue to host vintage goods better (and fresher) than any of the flea markets in Hell’s Kitchen, continuing the historical legacy of the immigrant-friendly Lower East Side.
Author: Joann Jovinelly
Lower East Side
Essex St at Hester Street
New York, NY 10002
All events and times are subject to change.