The Seward Park Co-op is in search of a company or organization interested in operating a greenmarket, or possibly an artisans market, on property it owns bordering the city-operated Seward Park. The tree-lined lot, located between Seward Park and the basketball courts on Essex Street, has gone unused for decades. The Co-op, which also owns a sizable amount of commercial property on Grand and Clinton Streets, believes a weekend market could help create “more buzz” below Delancey Street.
Co-op board member Pietro Filardo, who drew the rendering above, noted that the location is appealing for two reasons. First, the lot is embedded in the park, already a major focal point for the community. Second, at the foot of Hester Street, it could serve as a natural destination for people walking from restaurants and galleries west of Essex Street. It’s also a connecting street between Sara D. Roosevelt Park and Seward Park.
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The Co-op has had some preliminary conversations with organizations that might be willing to operate a food or “flea” market on the property, Saturdays and Sundays. They are in the process of repaving the lot and making other improvements. Co-op President Michael Tumminia said the board is interested in increasing foot traffic in the area, as part of a larger plan to make shopping and dining below Delancey more appealing. But he also indicated a desire to help develop a greater sense of community, both for Co-op residents and its neighbors.
If you’re interested in finding out more about a partnership with the Seward Park Co-op to operate a market on Hester Street, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 917-678-9018.