Recap: Hester Street Fair, Inaugural Day

Posted on: April 26th, 2010 at 6:12 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

It could not have been a more perfect inaugural day for the Hester Street Fair at Seward Park. Saturday welcomed the open-air market with mild temperatures, bright sunshine, and deep crowds.  The overall aura was definitely more flea than boutique, and seemed to be a recipe for success.

This image has been archived or removed.

All afternoon, the crowds flocked to the corner of Essex and Hester Streets where tent canopies and new ironwork at the entrance announced the event.  Our first impression was that the space was quite tight.  With a successful turnout that included numerous strollers and bike-pushers, moving was often a challenge.  Nevertheless, the confinement could not inhibit the hordes from bargain hunting and sampling the local fare.

This image has been archived or removed.

And the selection was diverse.  Vendors altogether offered a tasteful mix of crafts, antiques, affordable thrift store merch, and culinary delicacy.  We even spotted fellow blogger Goggla selling her photography!

This image has been archived or removed.

Of course the first day wouldn’t be complete without a sprawling Missed Connections posting on Craigslist:

I realize searching for a petite, shorter girl at the Hester Street flea on Saturday around 2:30’ish is probably almost as ridiculous as those missed connections looking for a Hipster with Tight Jeans on the L train…

And!

Now I know this is the part where I’m supposed to describe our eyes locking from across a crowded room, causing earthquakes in far off remote locales, but I checked, and I didn’t see any mention of the earth’s axis shifting. Either way, I instantly regretted that I didn’t think quick and tackle her, or resort to some other charming idiocy.

Recent Stories

DOT to Pave Pock-Marked Pell Street; Sheds Removed

Pell Street is finally on deck for a resurfacing, forcing numerous Chinatown businesses to dismantle their street shed annexes. Those who operate outdoor dining sheds along Pell Street received notice this week from the Department of Transportation to dismantle structure ahead of scheduled street repaving. This small neighborhood street – which once terminated at Division – […]

Immersive ‘Squid Game’ Experience on the Lower East Side

Netflix smash, Squid Game, is coming to real life. On the Lower East Side. In the fall, international gaming company Immersive Gamebox will take space inside 81 Essex Street, the big-box building occupied by the International Center of Photography. Its primary experience will be a multiplayer game built around the Squid Game series. The immersive […]

Owners of Gertie Eye Market Street for ‘Jackie’ (Updated)

Huertas and Gertie meet for Jackie. That is the narrative for a new restaurant in Two Bridges that features the owners behind both aforementioned establishments. Indeed, Nathan Adler and Rachel Jackson (principals behind Brooklyn’s Gertie) are planning a new Italian-American restaurant at 42 Market Street. The fourteen table concept, dubbed Jackie, will feature “good food […]

Trash Talk: Taking Stock of the Constant Pileup on Rivington Street

The Lower East Side, whose residents are struggling amidst sanitation budget cuts, under-maintained restaurant sheds, and absent landlords and/or vacant leaseholders, suffer the scourge of refuse. One Rivington Street resident walked much of the length of the east-west stretch to find – and document – how trash buildup, stagnating pools of mystery sludge, dilapidated street shanties, and overall […]

Uncapped: Nobody Beats IZ THE WIZ

  IZ the WIZ: hands down one of the most illustrious and renowned graffiti writers in and outside of our fair city. May he continue to Rest in Peace. In this installation of Uncapped, guest contributor, Freddy Alva, is back with an excerpt from the new issue of his Black Book Series magazine: Pound for […]