Hester Street is an urban planning, design and development nonprofit that works to ensure neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. We offer planning, design and community development technical assistance to community-based organizations, government and other agencies. Our goal is equitable, sustainable and resilient neighborhoods and cities.


“Hester Street is the real deal when it comes to providing the kind of technical assistance we need to support our work. Their planning and development skills have been an enormous asset to our team; they understand how we work and what we need. They are true compañerxs in the struggle”

- Javier Valdés, Executive Director, Make The Road New York



Our work results in concrete community benefits; builds community power; and ensures community members are decision-makers in planning, design and development. Specifically, our work results in improvements in: