3.4 out of 10

Hester St, Lower East Side

40.7160423390355 -73.9913755042502
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5

"Not much outside of tenements"

Hester starts off in the Lower East Side at Eldridge with a big, awful looking tenement home. I didn't even actually know this was a tenement home until pretty recently. I thought it just used to be and now was apartments. I guess I figured there couldn't possibly be another project in this neighborhood. But, there is, and it's right in the middle of hipster haven. Across the street from the tenement is a former tenement where Ira Gershwin was born.
To be honest, most of the buildings on this street were tenements at one time. And, the rent is now kind of pricey considering the fact that it's where all the poor people used to live.
Once you get past Ludlow, then things to get a little more Lower East Sidey. There's an actual candy shop on the corner Hester and Ludlow, a cafe, a bakery, and a couple of cool shops. But, there aren't any of the hip bars and restaurants that this neighborhood has become known for in recent years. Hester pretty much starts and ends a park as far as it runs through the neighborhood, but there's not a lot in between. Hester is more of the old Lower East Side than the new Lower East Side. I wouldn't want to live on this street. It's too Jacob Riis.
  • Historical landmarks for struggle and poverty
  • a Candy shop
  • Dirty
  • No bar or restaurant scene
Recommended for
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

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