City Raises Objections to “Dorm” Plan for PS64

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The Department of Buildings has issued a Stop Work Order and moved to revoke a partial permit for the dorm conversion planned for former PS64/ CHARAS – El Bohio. In response to Councilmember Rosie Mendez’s letter dated September 3rd, the DOB raised objections to the approved conversion plan, which had earned agency support based on misinformation. The plan violates the zoning code and the “dorm rule”, a hard-fought protection on the speculative development of student housing.

The collective efforts of community groups, community members and the community board with a unified group of elected officials led by CM Mendez kept the energy and pressure needed to reverse the City’s decision. We continue to demand the return of this landmark building to true community use.

The EVCC remains dedicated to ensuring that the historic PS64 building and the intent for future use at the time of its sale are honored. Join us, other community groups, residents, and CM Mendez with other elected officials at a rally/ press conference on Sunday, 1pm at 605 East 9th Street (Avenues B & C)!

Third Annual Harvest Arts Festival

The Third Annual LUNGS Harvest Arts Festival 2014 is taking place in more than 30 community gardens on the Lower East Side on Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21. This year, the Festival coincides with the People’s Climate March. In support of the March, many gardens will host workshops and teach-ins on a wide range of environmental issues.

LUNGS is working closely with Converge for Climate to coordinate our own homegrown workshops and theirs. The NYC Climate Convergence is a weekend packed with skill-shares, teach-ins, speak-outs and protests from September 19 to 21 in conjunction with the People’s Climate March.

The gardens will also host fabulous performances in music, dance, theater, spoken word, on site visual artists, and more. One of the highlights of this year’s Festival is a performance by Bread and Puppet Theater of their new piece “Anti Tar Sands Manifesto Pageant”.

On Sunday, the Festival gets on its feet as gardeners and friends join the People’s Climate March en masse.

GARDENS
Dias y Flores Garden, 13th St (B & C)
El Sol Brillante, 12th St (A & B)
El Sol Brillante Jr., 12th St (A & B)
Children’s Garden, 12th St (Ave B)
Campos Gardens, 12th St (B & C)
11th Street Community Garden, 11th St (1st & A)
11BC Garden, 11th St (B & C)
Toyota Children’s Garden, 11th St (B & C)
9C Garden, Ave C (9th St)
La Plaza Cultural, Ave C (9th St)
DeColores Community Garden, 8th St (B & C)
Earth People Garden, 8th St (B & C)
Firemen’s Garden, 8th St (C & D)
Green Oasis and Gilbert’s Sculpture Garden, 8th St (C & D)
Creative Little Garden, 6th St (A & B)
6B Garden, Ave B (6th St)
6BC Botanical Garden, 6th St (B & C)
Generation X, 4th St (A & B)

NEED TO KNOW MORE?
Email info@LUNGSnyc.org
Websites: lungsnyc.orgconvergeforclimate.orgpeoplesclimatemarch.org
Twitter: @lungsnyc#lungsnyc@nycconvergence
Facebook: facebook.com/lungsnycfacebook.com/climateconvergence

 

The 2014 Harvest Arts Festival in the Gardens is organized by LUNGS (Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens) and sponsored by NYCCGC (The New York City Community Garden Coalition).

This year’s festival is supported in part by generous grants from The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and The Citizens Committee for New York City.

It’s Time To Reserve Your Spot In The 2014 Get Local! Guide

OUR NOT-FOR-PROFIT GUIDE PROMOTES LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS

  • We list 500+ businesses located in the East Village for free.

  • We educate consumers by encouraging them to shop locally instead of in chains and franchises,  and to use local community services.

The 8th Edition of the Get Local! Guide hits the East Village this Fall!

  • We print 12,500 copies.

  • We will distribute the Get Local! Guide from October through Summer 2015.

  • The guide will be placed in East Village & LES stores, cafés, hotels and restaurants.

  • It will be printed on eco-friendly paper & full-color soy-based inks.

Contributors will benefit from:

  • Enhanced listing features that identify sponsors.

  • Priority participation in the launch of a Get Local! Digital Guide NEW!

Click here to see full ad sheet rates and submit your application below.

 

 

It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (Garden)

East Village Residents gather around treats and talk neighborhood shop.
East Village residents gather around treats and talk neighborhood shop.

Last Tuesday, July 8th marked the East Village Community Coalition Host Committee’s third ever “First Tuesdays” event. We were fortunate to make use of the beautiful Green Oasis Community Garden & Gilbert’s Sculpture Garden. This large-lot community garden, tucked away on 8th St. near Avenue D, was slated to be shut down by the Giuliani administration. The gardeners successfully protected the site through the early aughts. Thanks to their efforts, the garden today features a gazebo, stage, brick oven grill and a koi pond. Green Oasis was the perfect setting for East Village residents and enthusiasts to socialize, share with and support one another.

The Koi Pond, one of the many beautiful and unique features of the garden.
The Koi Pond, one of the many beautiful and unique features of the garden.
Throughout the evening, residents mingled over wine and delicious cookies generously donated by Taneesha Crawford of Rebellious Treats. We were fortunate to welcome State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh who joined in the festivities. Each guest left with a printed map marking East Village community gardens and their accompanying information. Interested in finding your local community garden? Click here or check out this East Village Gardens Key.
If you weren’t able to attend our most recent First Tuesday, don’t fret! We are in the midst of assembling another exciting event for Wednesday, August 13th, and you’re invited. Looking to learn more about our Host Committee and the EVCC, or considering volunteering?  Contact HOSTCOMMITTEE@EVCCNYC.ORG for more information.

7/8: First Tuesdays: In the Garden

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm

SOCIALIZE Meet your neighbors in the great outdoors.

SHARE Use your green thumb.

SUPPORT Engage in your community.

Register today.

About First Tuesdays
The First Tuesdays meetup series is designed to bring together residents of the East Village in the hope that socializing, sharing and supporting one another will lead to a stronger, more informed community. Our First Tuesdays series is presented by the East Village Community Coalition’s Host Committee, dedicated to creating enjoyable and informative events throughout the community on behalf of the EVCC.

Accidental Skyline: A Map of Underbuilt Manhattan

 

 

The Municipal Art Society released a new tool for identifying parcels with air space that can be developed under existing zoning. Much of the East Village is already near or at its height limit as a result of the 2008 contextual rezoning advanced by the EVCC and the East Village/ Lower East Side community. Some lots (in darker shades) remain vulnerable to potential future development. Neighbors take notice of underbuilt neighbors that may one day attract development interest.
View the interactive map.

Accidental Skyline
Buildable space in the East Village available on MAS’s Accidental Skyline

Community Calendar Now Live!

Bookmark our community calendar the keep up with exciting East Village events, community announcements, and important meetings!

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Email info@evccnyc.org to get your event listed.

5/6: State Liquor Authority Chair Rosen Meets Downtown Community Leaders

6-8pm
New Museum
235 Bowery

Meeting with SLA Chair and heads of Licensing and Enforcement for Informational presentation focusing on questions / issues to better inform committee decisions on license recommendations, writing more effective resolutions, making more effective recommendations, including renewals. There will be Q & A with public at end as time allows.

Chalk LES

May 2, 2014

Share your memories and images of the Lower East Side on the city’s pavements.
EVCC will be scribbling on East 9th Street near Avenue B from 12pm – 3pm.

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May Is Final
First Tuesdays and Chalk LES are organized in celebration of Lower East Side History Month
See the full schedule of events at www.leshistorymonth.org