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.


East Village Community Coalition
143 Avenue B - Simplex
New York, NY 10009