A big honor for the Hester Street Collaborative (HSC). The Lower East Side non-profit is a recipient of this year’s Union Square Awards. Since 2002, HSC has been dedicated to “improving the physical environment” in this neighborhood and throughout New York City. They run school art programs, facilitate grassroots campaigns to revitalize public spaces (such as the Allen Street Mall and the Hester Street Playground) and help advocate for low income residents on the waterfront and elsewhere. The award, recognizing organizations’ contributions in the arts, comes with a $35,000 prize. Congratulations to HSC Executive director Annie Frederick (pictured) and the rest of the team at Hester Street Collaborative!