Tenements and Graffiti Featured in LES-Themed Mini-Golf Course

By Lisha Arino on August 8, 2014 11:31am | Updated on August 11, 2014 8:42am

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 Hester Street Fair continued to build and test out its new mini-golf course on Aug. 7, 2014 at its location on Hester and Essex streets.
Hester Street Fair Builds Mini-Golf Course
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LOWER EAST SIDE — A nine-hole mini-golf course featuring graffiti, tenements and the Williamsburg Bridge is launching at the Hester Street Fair this weekend, organizers said.

The free attraction is meant to celebrate "what we all know and love about the Lower East Side," said Suhyun Pak, who helped start the fair.

"It's just something that we thought would be really fun to have," he added, noting that there are no other mini-golf courses in the neighborhood.

The fair's organizers designed and built the AstroTurf-lined holes, which include challenges like inclines, tunnels and obstacles, said Erik Zimmerman, a fair manager who helped test out the course on Thursday afternoon.

"We're taking it seriously," Zimmerman said. "We're going to be as true to mini-golf as possible."

The holes will be spread out across the weekly outdoor market, which brings artisanal vendors to Hester and Essex streets on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The course will also extend into the neighboring Seward Park promenade.

The course is designed to be appropriate for players of all ages. Free clubs, golf balls and scorecards will be available at the Hester Street Fair booth.

The fair will also set up a “Club House” where visitors can sit under a tent and sip on golf-themed drinks by Lots and Lemons on Saturday and Frittering Away on Sunday, Pak said.

Parts of the course will return future weekends as well, weather permitting, but fair organizers might not set up the full course each week, Pak said.

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