5/6: First Tuesdays: “Let’s Get Musical”

unnamed (1)Tuesday, May 6, 2014
5:30pm – 8pm
Theatre 80, 80 St Marks Place

 SOCIALIZE Meet your neighbors in the historic Theatre 80 space.

SHARE Enjoy a collection of songs for and by East Village musicians.

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.

About The Artists
Odetta Hartman writes songs of greek myths and traveling; of pride, Pynchon, and fairy tales; of animals and body parts and made-up words.

Brassy, nuanced and surprisingly vulnerable, Odetta’s timeless voice commands silence, enticing her audience to the edges of their seats. With only a few measures of foot-stomping and banjo strumming, Odetta’s infectious spirit rabble-rouses listeners to indulge in the energetic musical worlds she procures.

Equally as comfortable playing solo as she is in front of an orchestra, this young artist delivers stellar performances that showcase her multi-instrumental talents, her captivating stage-presence, and a freshly blended sound she’s coined: COWBOY SOUL
www.odettahartman.com * http://odettahartman.bandcamp.com/

Ponies Will Bite You! fuses pop sensibility, folk riffs, and classical violin, with playfully introspective lyrics for a genre-straddling singer-songwriter taste on the lighter side of angst. They perform often at Rockwood Music Hall and other venues in the Lower East Side.
ponieswillbiteyou.com * ponieswillbiteyou.bandcamp.com * facebook.com/ponieswillbiteyou

About Theatre 80
Theatre 80 was among the first of the cultural institutions to begin the Lower East Side Arts Movement that resulted in our modern-day East Village neighborhood. Beginning during Prohibition, 80 Saint Marks Place was a vital destination for performers of all kinds. Jazz greats such as Thelonious Monk, Harry “Sweets” Edison, John Coltrane and Frank Sinatra all performed at the space.

It was also visited by a host of great names in theater, many of whom left their names in the cement of the sidewalk immediately outside the space. A partial list includes Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Winnie Shaw, Fifi D’Orsay and Joan Rivers.

Recently, Theatre 80 was formally recognized by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and honored the Village Award for its place in the history of the community.

Theatre 80 remains dedicated to the East Village at present. They regularly present a range of productions, from traditional forms such as Shakespearean theater and flamenco dance, to the cutting edge avant-garde works of new authors.

Theatre 80 has provided space at reduced rates and pro bono for community meetings, local film-makers, playwrights, 12 step meetings, and memorials for members of the community. They concurrently welcome both public and private school groups for matinees and tours of the theater. With this dedication to making performing arts spaces more accessible, Theatre 80 never stops evolving and continues to be a mainstay of the community.
May Is Final


In celebration of Lower East Side History Month
See the full schedule of events at www.leshistorymonth.org

Building and Branding Your Website: A web development workshop for East Village Merchants


Ever wondered what should go on your website? Or how to create an online brand? The East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA) is organizing a workshop with WiX.com, a website building company, to answer these very questions. In this workshop, we invite local merchants to learn how to create a website and market their business’ brand online.

There are two opportunities to attend this workshop:
Tuesday, April 22 at 10am – RSVP here
Monday, April 28 at 7pm – RSVP here

About WiX

Wix.com enables you to build a free and professional online presence, just the way you want it. With an HTML5 drag-and-drop website editor, 100s of web apps, designer-made templates, and tons of features, Wix gives you the tools to launch and manage your online presence. To learn more, please visit www.wix.com.

In NYC, Wix also offers the Wix Lounge, a completely free co-working, event and exhibit space for professionals. Grab your laptop, pop into the Lounge and enjoy a productive work day, great networking opportunities, and amazing events. The Wix Lounge provides free Wix support to NewYork-ers, giving them the tools and tips for successfully launching and managing their businesses’ online presence.


If you have questions or would like more information about this workshop, please contact Amy Parker, EVCC’s Business Outreach Coordinator, via email (amy@evccnyc.org) or phone (212-979-2344).

May is Lower East Side History Month

May Is Final

The East Village Community Coalition is proud to serve on the Steering Committee of Lower East Side History Month: Exploring Our Past, Shaping Our Future!

Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side. Taking place during month of May, LES History month is an umbrella for a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities taking place in the historical definition of the Lower East Side—which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Alphabet City. Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.

See the full schedule of events


This May, more than fifty Lower East Side-based cultural and community groups are collaborating to launch Lower East Side History Month. Help support the work of this collective by contributing to the crowdfunding campaign.


Support the Landmarks Proposal for Tifereth Israel, 334 East 14th Street

Fifty years after it first got the attention of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Tifereth Israel Town and Village synagogue is under consideration for landmarks designation. The 1866 German Romanesque building at 334 East 14th Street needs your support to receive this overdue, official recognition. Designed originally as a church and converted in the 1960s to a conservative synagogue, the unique architectural details feature some historic alterations, including the onion dome prominent atop the facade. The building will increase in distinction among a rapidly transforming East 14th Street.

tifereth israel

Comments on the proposal will only be accepted for one more month, so join the many in our community who have already expressed support by sending your testimony to the LPC today! Click for sample letter.

First Tuesdays: “Art For Art’s Sake”


First Tuesdays

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
6pm – 8pm
Dorian Grey Gallery, 437 East 9th Street
On View: Secret Gardens: Lowell Nesbitt & Philip Van Aver

 SOCIALIZE  Meet your neighbors over drinks and small bites.

 SHARE Enjoy current exhibit by veteran East Village artist Philip Van Aver.

 SUPPORT Engage in your community.

 Register today.

About the Artist
Though Philip Van Aver has lived in the same apartment on East 6th Street since 1969, this exhibition of his works dating from 1976 to 2014 is his first gallery show to take place in the Tompkins Square Park area of the Lower East Side.

During the over forty years Philip Van Aver has lived on the Lower East Side, he has been very involved in the politics of the area. Beginning in 1976 he became a member of the Citizens Committee to Keep the Ottendorfer Library Open, which succeeded in having the exterior and parts of the interior landmarked. Since then, he has worked with preservationists, building owners and elected officials to designate the Charlie Parker Residence and The Children’s Aid Society building, both on Avenue B; P.S. 64 and other area sites. As a steering committee member he has worked with the Friends of Tompkins Square Park in 1985 and 1991 to stop proposed redevelopment of the park. He was on the executive committee of the Lower East Side Joint Planning Council, which was mostly concerned with housing issues, and was a founding member of CoDA, a Lower East Side Democratic party activist organization. More recently, he worked with the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative to implement the massive Second Avenue/ East Village historic district proposed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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.

Sign the petition to preserve the former H. Nieberg Funeral Home at 139 Ludlow

139 Ludlow

The East Village Coalition in partnership with Friends of the Lower East Side have launched a campaign to designate 139-141 Ludlow Street a New York City landmark. The unique Gothic structure was home to the H. Nieberg funeral home for more than fifty years. This commercial building with decorated terra cotta facade and preserved ground-floor entrance is distinct the surrounding tenement structures. Sign the petition to help preserve this important LES building!

Feb 24: Introducing EVIMA

you’re invited to…

Introducing EVIMA

a gathering with food, conversation and more information about
the East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA)

Monday, February 24
7:00-9:00 pm

Ciao For Now
523 E 12th Street (between Aves A & B)
Light Snacks Provided

East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) has been collaborating with small business owners in order to create the East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA).

This meeting will be an informative, yet fun opportunity to hear about EVIMA, meet other local merchants and learn how you can join us in promoting, connecting and representing local merchants in the East Village.

While EVIMA’s main focus will be to support independently-owned businesses with daytime hours, we welcome any East Village business owner to attend the meeting.

As the space is limited, we strongly encourage you to please RSVP.

Please contact Amy Parker, Business Outreach Coordinator for EVCC or call 212.979.2344.

Thanks to Ciao for Now for generously hosting the meeting.