Hester Street

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20 Years of Hester Street

Featured News     Jul. 21, 2024

Founded 20 years ago by Leroy Street Studio, Hester Street is celebrating 20 years of advancing racial and economic justice through community-based planning and design. Our video captures those who built the organization, including Leroy Street Studio, our founding executive director Anne Frederick and our previous co-executive directors Betsy MacLean and Nisha Baliga, as well as […]

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Project    2023 – Present

In June 2023, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) launched a participatory planning and public engagement process to reimagine the Amsterdam Avenue side of their iconic campus. To carry out this comprehensive visioning project, LCPA partnered with Hester Street (HST) and architecture/urban design firm NADAAA to gather input from the local community on how […]

District 35 Land Use Planning Framework

Project    2022 – 2024

In New York City, community stakeholders remain siloed from much of the City’s current land use decision-making process. Under the existing Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), it is difficult for New Yorkers to contribute meaningful input for newly planned development in their neighborhoods. These conditions often fail to incorporate the community’s long-term needs and […]

Environmental Justice for All: EJNYC

Project    2022 – 2024

Beginning in March 2022, Hester Street collaborated with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice (MOCEJ) and engineering and design firm Buro Happold to support research and development for the New York City Environmental Justice for All (EJNYC) Report and the EJNYC Mapping Tool.  The report and mapping tool, which were published and […]