About The EVCC: Who We Are

tompkins_fountain1The East Village Community Coalition works to recognize, support, and sustain the built and cultural character of the East Village. This character includes a diverse population; low-rise, human scale blocks and affordable buildings with historic and architectural significance; a multitude of community gardens; indigenous stores and businesses; and the neighborhood’s history and ongoing tradition as a haven for those seeking freedom to express artistic, creative, and social concerns.

Our initiatives are to Get Local! in our neighborhood. Our efforts focus on preservation and zoning, local retailing, and transportation.

Directors

Andrew Coamey
Elizabeth Oyen
Michael Rosen
Aaron Sosnick

Staff

Carol Crump, Acting Managing Director
Laura Sewell, Executive Director
director (at) evccnyc (dot) org

East Village Community Coalition

143 Avenue B – Simplex
New York, NY 10009
(212) 979-2344 phone
(212) 979-2129 fax
Have feedback? Send an email to director (at) evccnyc (dot) org

Mission

The East Village Community Coalition works to recognize, support, and sustain the built and cultural character of the East Village. This character includes a diverse population; low-rise, human scale blocks and affordable buildings with historic and architectural significance; a multitude of community gardens; indigenous stores and businesses; and the neighborhood’s history and ongoing tradition as a haven for those seeking freedom to express artistic, creative, and social concerns.

History

In March 2004, neighbors joined together to save old PS 64, former Charas El Bohio community center from demolition to construct a 27 story “dormitory.” After more than three years, and extraordinary support throughout the community, the building was designated an individual Landmark of the City of New York.

In June 2005, EVCC submitted Rezoning the East Village: A Discussion Paper to Manhattan Community Board 3 [CB3], conducted on behalf of EVCC by BJF Planning. This study became the a catalyst for the current Lower East Side rezoning effort initiated by CB3 and the NYC Department of City Planning.

In Autumn 2006, EVCC introduced our first edition of the Get Local! Guide of East Village Shops – highlighting sustainability through neighborhood owned stores and spotlighting Formula Retail Zoning.

In October 2007, EVCC presented our First Annual Kids’ Bike Ride for the Lower East Side. More than 150 kids and adults enjoyed decorating their bikes to ride the streets of the community.

The Historic Districts Council awarded EVCC with its Grassroots Preservation Award in 2007.

In Spring 2008, EVCC commissioned the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment to explore implementing Formula Retail Zoning in our neighborhood.