Car-Free Days on Avenue A?

SAME SCENE, NO CAR Should Avenue A get occasional traffic breaks?
SAME SCENE, NO CAR Should Avenue A get occasional traffic breaks?

The EVCC has a proposal for 2009, and we want your thoughts

The East Village Community Coalition has started working on a proposal for the Avenue A Amble, a series of car-free days on Avenue A in 2009.

After the positive community response to car-free Sundays on Fifth Avenue — when cyclists and walkers happily took over the road — we think it’s time for a similar holiday from combustion engines in our own neighborhood.  In fact, car-free hours could be even more successful on a low-rise street like Avenue A that is full of local restaurants and businesses that would benefit from the increased foot traffic.

To help with formulating the project, the EVCC asked an artist to mock up an initial poster, which you can download here (pdf file).

As we continue to develop the idea, we’d like to hear from others in the community.  Do you support occasional closing of Avenue A to cars?  If so, during what days and times?  Are there any details that could be addressed in advance to make this an even greater success for local merchants?

If you have experience setting up similar street closings in New York or another city, we’d greatly appreciate it if you’d share your experience or advice by sending an email.

Have thoughts about the Avenue A Amble?  Please log in or register in the left-hand column of this page, and then post your comments below.

Local Youth Baseball – LES Pee Wee League

The EVCC was named sponsor of the year by the Lower East Side Pee Wee League in 2010.We look forward to supporting this important local initiative again in 2011.

Local youth showcase their 2010 LES Pee Wee League awards
Local youth showcase their 2010 LES Pee Wee League awards

Lower East Side Pee Wee League baseball is open to girls and boys ages 5-12. For more information, or to register your child, please contact League Director Ron Fulco at 917.873.2383. Additionally, there will be youth baseball skill camps for the LES Pee Wee League on February 12th, 19th, and 26th at the PS 34 gymnasium (730 E 12th Street) from 10:00 am – 2:30 p.m

Out-of-Scale Hotel Developments in LES

180 ludlowIn 2008, the Department of City Planning adopted the East Village/Lower East Side Rezoning . The rezoning was the result of years of community collaboration between Community Board 3, neighborhood groups, residents, and elected officials. In short, the rezoning was designed to:

-Preserve the established neighborhood scale and character by establishing contextual zoning districts with height limits, and

-Provide modest opportunities for residential growth and incentives for affordable housing along the area’s widest streets well served by bus or subway lines.

A developer is currently seeking zoning variances for out-of-scale transient hotels at 180 Ludlow and 163 Orchard Street . The proposed variances fly in the face of a rezoning that so many in our community worked so hard to achieve. They would allow development greatly in excess of height limits wanted by our community. Additionally, the developer missed the November 2010 deadline for completing 180 Ludlow, and now seeks a two-year extension.

Please join the EVCC by writing a letter urging CB3 to respect the 2008 rezoning and deny the zoning variance. Click here for a sample letter.

Photo: 180 Ludlow, courtesy The Lo-Down