Morning Reads: Suchin Pak Tour, End of Century Spotlighted, Swap Your Stuff, Lil Lovell in N.O.

  • Daily Candy correspondent and Hester Street Fair co-founder Suchin Pak gives a video tour of her favorite LES spots, including An Choi on Orchard. (NBC)
  • Reuse, reduce, recycle: Clean out your closets and find new homes for things you don’t want, and maybe score some new stuff at a Jan. 28 Stop ‘n’ Swap at PS 126. (GrowNYC)
  • A look at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery’s new “omnisexual” exhibit. (Examiner)
  • Catching up with Coyote Ugly proprietor Lil Lovell in New Orleans, where she confesses an obsession with sequins and satisfaction with life in the mommy lane. (Gambit Weekly)


Food Wrap: Heritage Meats, SuChin Pak, Sauce

Renovations continue at New Roma Pizza at Delancey and Essex.

 Starting off the week’s local restaurant and food news:

  • NY1 visited the new Heritage Meats in Essex Street Market last week.
  • Hester Street Fair co-founder SuChin Pak talks to Grub Street about her cravings for Pho and her new day job at DailyCandy, just as Uniqlo plasters her face on buses.
  • Sauce restaurant, the Italian eatery scheduled to open at 78 Rivington this fall, is hiring an experienced butcher, according to CraigsList.
  • Fork in the Road introduces a new peel noodle joint at 28 Forsyth St. 

Hester Street Fair – Season Two Opens With a Bang

Hester Street Fair Returns for Season Two - photo by

The Hester Street Fair kicked off its second season in stlye on Saturday, as over 11,000 visitors stopped by to sample the fantastic selection of food and hand-crafted/vintage goods, while enjoying the perfect spring weather. Our friend, (and a co-founder of the fair) SuChin Pak, has just sent word that Luke’s Lobster was sold out by 3pm, Kings County Jerky sold out by 2pm and all of the food vendors had run out of many popular items by 4pm. Luckily La Sonrisa, Mighty Balls and Cheekys held down the fort until the very end (barely!).

Pak noted that, thanks to the Mother’s Day traffic, some of their jewelry vendors had their biggest sales to date. Here are some photos from our visit, including one of the Melt Bakery owners, Kareem Hamady and Julian Plyter, who are excited to be opening a brick and mortar space of their very own on Orchard Street, sometime in the next few months. They make some darn good ice cream sandwiches! (Melt will be featured in our Hester Street Fair Profile coming up this Wednesday.)

Summer Stylist Sale and Misting Tent Back at the Hester Street Fair

Our friends at the Hester Street Fair would like you to know you can keep cool and stay stylish this weekend because both the Misting Oasis Tent and the popular “Summer Stylist Tent Event” will be back on Saturday and Sunday. Stylists, designers, showrooms, fashion insiders and “fashonistas” empty their closets, drop it all off and shoppers get a chance to go through the goods.

Hester Street Fair and Santos Party House Host BBQ Cookout

Our friends at the Hester Street Fair are teaming up with Santos Party House for a “good ol’ fashioned cookout” this Saturday.  They write: “There will be a raffling off of tickets, VIP service packages and even an IPAD!!…you’ll be able to work off all of the BBQ ribs with the PING PONG tournament under the trees–the meanest paddle will be getting a special prize.”  Santos Party House DJs will be providing music throughout the day and, in case you’re wondering, here’s what’s on the menu:

More Than 10,000 Visit Hester Street Fair

Photo by Pietro Filardo

So much for starting slow. The Hester Street Fair was a hit from the moment it began at 10 o’clock this morning. A ton of media exposure during the past month and a gorgeous day obviously did the trick. There were plenty of neighborhood folks turning out – but also lots of people who seldom (if ever) venture below Delancey, on the Lower/Lower East Side. On its first day, more than 10-thousand passed through the Hester Street Fair’s brand new ornamental gate to visit 60 diverse vendors. Click through to see photos from day 1.