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.




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:


Learn more about Hester Street’s work in this video honoring us at the 2019 New York Housing Conference: