Living in the first vertical village along the edge of the East River is a unique experience that only One Manhattan Square will be able to offer. Upon completion, the luxury residential tower will be a focal point in the already buzzing neighborhood of the Lower East Side, and will feature unparalleled amenities including extensive green space and easy access to numerous local attractions.
From spring through fall, the heartbeat of the LES is the weekly Hester Street Fair, which takes over the area shooting out from the corner of Essex and Hester from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. most Saturdays from late April through October. While local residents consider the fair their personal community gathering, others travel far distances to take part in one of the oldest ongoing fairs in the vicinity.
The Hester Street Fair is right at home in a historic area that housed New York City’s largest pushcart market in the early 20th century. The fair originally began as a highly curated outdoor marketplace boasting one-of-a-kind goods and specialty foods from vendors selling everything from lobster rolls to ice cream sandwiches to hand-crafted jewelry. Now a magnet for today’s top New York vendors, the Hester Street Fair offers selections that include artisanal food, vintage wear, jewelry, crafts, home goods, and much more. The mission from its early days remains the same: to support a community of artists and collectors as well as first-time entrepreneurs while giving shoppers the thrill of discovering the newest and best in products and services.
Approximately 60 different businesses make the Hester Street Fair the place to be. Past food vendors have included Zito’s Bites, serving health-conscious mini donuts; Phumplings Co., which sells innovative pho-filled dumplings; Red Star Sandwich Shop; BisskaNYC, masters of Mediterranean street food; Kopitiam Coffee Shop; Jessy’s Pastries, serving empanadas and sweets; Scone Alone; Mindful Juice; OddFellows Ice Cream Co.; and Thai food pop-up food market Kao Kua.
When it’s time to do some shopping, seek out the inventive entrepreneurs at the Snake & Camera Tintype Photo Booth, the vintage fashionistas from Timeless Threads, or the jewelry designers at Natural Abstract or the Jewelry Dish. While Gratitude Gardens encourages visitors to plant their gratitudes in Premium Crystal Terrarium Micro Ecosystems, Feeling Cute sells original illustrations on archival papers and greetings cards plus hand-knit accessories. Additional unique vendors include Henna on Hudson and fashion trucks such as The Nomad Truck and Thesunstruck. While the House of Correia fashion brand offers a trendy mix of vintage items such as bags with antique hardware, Haskieville Apparel sells tees, totes, and onesies with hand-drawn designs. You never know what you’ll find at booths manned by the folks from Paradox Thrift Shop, and international goods are on hand from vendors such as Green Datum, which specializes in colorful, pattern-rich handbags made by artisans located around the world. Artists such as the clever outfit of Naughty & Nice and pet portrait specialist Wandering Laur add to the allure of the Hester Street Fair with their eclectic offerings as well.