The Hester Street Fair to Bring Local Shopping to Manhattan's Lower East Side

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Image credit: Hester Street Market/Craigslist

An empty lot in the Lower East Side of Manhattan is slowly being transformed into a vibrant flea market. Founded by SuChin Pak and Ron Castellano, the Hester Street Fair will house up to 60 local vendors offering everything from food and produce to clothes and crafts.

When it opens on April 24 and 25, it will be the only outdoor vendor fair in the Lower East Side. After the grand opening, the market will be open every weekend through December. There is no contract or obligation vendors must commit to, but there is a fee: Ranging from $65 for a 6x5 table to $100 for a 10x10 table.

In an email introducing the market, SuChin Pak explained:

It's a really simple concept—we will have good STUFF (old and new), good FOOD, good FARM PRODUCE from Greenmarket in Union Square and good people, gathering every weekend to market the good old-fashioned way...face to face.

Hester Street Market doesn't have a website yet, but you can find them on Craigslist, Facebook, Flickr, and even in New York magazine.

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