Hester Gardens

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158 Hester Street, New York City, NY

Hester Gardens

Hester Gardens
Building Information
Developer Well-Come Holdings
Architect Peter Poon
Number of Units 61
Number of Floors 7
Year Built 2006
Construction Method Concrete
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158 Hester Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-2G
Title of Land Condominium



Little Italy, 1926

Hester Gardens is located in New York City's Little Italy.

Little Italy originally was Mulberry Bend and was known as "the foul core of New York's slums." At one point, it had its own language, own costumes, and financial and cultural institutions. In 1910, there were almost 10,000 Italians and it was one of the poorest neighborhoods. There was a lot of gangs and organized crime.

The last major Italian Mafia leader living in little Italy was John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino crime family, which had an annual income of $500 million. He was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, loansharking, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, and tax evasion. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and a fine of $250,000.

After World War II, many Chinese immigrated and Chinatown overtook Little Italy. Upscale businesses entered the area and condominium developments started to appear. Today, it is home to many young Americans, Chinese immigrants, and the occasional Italian.

In 2010, Chinatown and Little Italy were listed as Historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. [1]


Little Italy feast of San Gennaro

Hester Gardens is located in the region of New York City known as Little Italy. It was named this because it used to have a very large Italian population.

As assumed, the area has an abundance of Italian restaurants. Some of the most popular include La Esquina Tagueria and Cafe, Il Cirtile, Il Palazzo, Angelo of Mulberry Street, Da Nico Risorante, Pellegrino's and Pulglia Restaurant.

The feast of San Gennaro is a mid-September festival. It is a religious feast that includes an elaborate procession honoring the patron saint of Naples. Thousands are attracted to the area in order to partake. There are street vendors, carnival games and Italian style entertainment.[2]

The majority of the daily errands do not require a car. Within walking distance are conveniences such as Canton Kitchen Inc restaurant, Paris Sandwich Corporation coffee, Great Neck Healthy Foods Incorporated groceries, and Street Market. For those looking for alternative transportation, the area is extremely transit friendly and had very good bike lanes.[3]


During the pre-sales, Hester Gardens gained a bit of a reputation over some of the fine print in the documents.

The sponsor, his wife, and son would be the board for several years. They had the power to only sell 10% of the units and still be considered a condominium development.

Further into the document, it explained that the unit owners would bear the expense of all 61 units. Meaning, the price of the entire building could potentially be decided by only eight or nine owners. [4]

Layout and Features

The suits feature 9 to 18 foot high ceilings providing a generous amount of natural light that gives the space a welcoming feeling and views of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. Throughout the units is wood oak flooring.

As for the mechanics, there are hook-ups for laundry facilities and the heating and air conditioning is individually controlled.

The kitchen features granite counter tops and floors, and stainless steel appliances that are placed strategically within the open layout floor plan.

The bathrooms have marble counter tops, marble baths, custom vanities, and high end fixtures.[5]

To give buyers a perception of the levels of finishing, the $1.2 million penthouse duplex would easily cost over $3 million in midtown, Soho or Tribeca. [6]

Floor Plans


Hester Gardens amenities include:

  • 24-hour doorman
  • Common landscaped courtyard
  • Garage


Hester Gardens Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No

  • rentals allowed [7]
  • pied-a-terre allowed [8]
  • pets are not permitted [9]


There is no recording of this building engaging in any environmental and sustainable practices. However, residents can contribute to protecting out environment ans conserving our resources by doing a few simple things:

  • replace incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent
  • use energy star appliances
  • shop with reusable bags
  • use natural cleaning products [10]


John Gotti Headquarters
  • Today, no one in Little Italy was actually born in Italy.[11]
  • The San Gennaro celebration has been a tradition since 1926.
  • John Gotti's operated his mafia from the Ravenite Social Club, which is now a shoe store. In prison, he was in solitary confinement, only allowed to leave his cell for an hour a day. While in prison, he was beaten up by Walter Johnson. Gotti paid off another inmate $40,000 to kill Johnson. In 2002, Gotti died in prison choking on his own blood and vomit due to throat cancer.[12]
  • Little Italy has less than 1,200 residents.
  • Little Italy is only a six block stretch along Mulberry Street.
  • The parking meters in Little Italy are green, white and red.


  1. Wikipedia
  2. A View On Cities
  3. Walk Score
  4. NY Curbed
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  10. Live Science
  11. ]http://www.omg-facts.com/Interesting/No-Italians-Live-In-Little-Italy-New-Yor/51406 OMG Facts]
  12. City Walking Guide

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