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By Carter Horsley Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Hester Street is undergoing change.

At 158 Hester Street on the southeast corner at Mott Street construction yesterday was up to the 5th floor at a new project that will be known as Hester Gardens.

The development by Well-Come Holdings Inc., which is located at 15 Pike Street, will have 63 condominium apartments. The building has a chamfered corner at Mott Street.

Further east at 181 Hester Street, a mid-block 6-story development known as Bel Air Court will have 10 condominium apartments. The handsome, orange-brick building, which is between Mott and Baxter Streets, is nearly completed and has attractive balconies on the third through the sixth floors and a very nice modern interpretation of a cornice that is fashioned by several slightly protruding masonry bands. The building has discrete air-conditioners and no garage and no sidewalk landscaping.

181 Hester Street is half a block away from 123 Baxter Street on the southeast corner of Hester Street, a very attractive large project with rounded balconies that is now up to the sixth floor in construction.

181 Hester Street is also half a block away from the very impressive and attractive PS 130, The DeSoto School.

All of these projects are a block north of Canal Street and this very busy neighborhood combines Chinatown and Little Italy and has very good public transportation and considerable traffic.
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Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.