Hester Street is an urban planning, design, and development nonprofit that works to ensure that neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. We offer technical and capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations, private firms and government agencies on land use processes, neighborhood planning and design, and public and private community development projects. We strive for more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and resilient neighborhoods.


“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: