Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hester St. Fair launches this weekend in Manhattan

Hester Street FairAn interesting set of flea market fans — including an MTV news correspondent, an architect specializing in eco-issues, and a marketing exec for the Starz cable channel — are teaming up to start the Hester Street Fair, a new flea market and craft show on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The market, on the corner of Hester and Essex streets near a park, will open April 24 and 25, and every Saturday and Sunday at least into December, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The fair is being launched by a four-person team: Suchin Pak, an MTV news correspondent and host of an environmental news program; Ron Castellano, an architect and real estate developer who specializes in environmental issues; Adam Zeller, a marketing executive for Starz Media; and Suhyan Pak, another real estate developer.

Over 100 years ago, the site was home to an active open-air market. The organizers are emphasizing this history, via old photos from the site and antique-looking posters (see above).

According to the market’s Web site, the price for a 6 ft by 10 ft table is $65, and for a 10 ft by 10 ft table, $100. According to the fair’s Facebook page, there will be a “Kids Space,” featuring a soccer mini-clinic on Saturday.

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