Hester Street

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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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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