Neighbors Rally to Help Longtime Printing Shop on Essex Street

Posted on: January 25th, 2022 at 5:01 am by

When Y.H. was on Orchard St., Sep. 2014

A local letterpress printing shop – the last of its kind on the Lower East Side (nay, the city) – is on hard times, but one neighbor is determined to help Y.H. Printing.

Desmond Yeoh emigrated to the from Malaysia in 1989. He and his wife opened Y.H. Printing seven years later on Orchard Street in what is now Kiki’s. (His signage is still visible on the storefront.) The business specializes in letterpress, screen printing, offset, typeset, and foil printing. There were multiple locations until he downsized operations to the basement of 23 Essex Street back in 2015.

However, Yeoh, like so many other small business owners is struggling in the face of the neverending Covid pandemic. In stepped his neighbor, Elise Wilken, to generate community support. She stepped up to help by launching a GoFundMe on his behalf, a campaign that raised nearly $20,000 in two days.

All funds raised will be put toward taxes, accountant fees, rent, repairs.

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