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.
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.
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.
EVCC invites you to voice your opinion about the current state of chain stores within the East Village. Join EVCC November 19th from 6pm-8pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, for a community workshop on Formula Retail. The workshop is open to all but space is limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-979-2344 if planning to attend.
Formula Retail Community Workshop
Tuesday, November 19
232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
RSVP to: email@example.com or 212-979-2344
We have several open volunteer positions at the workshop, all allow participation in the discussion. If you’d like to volunteer please mention it in your RSVP.
COURTROOM OF JUSTICE DONNA MILLS
New York State Supreme Court, Civil Branch
111 Centre Street, Room 574
(a few blocks south of Canal St.)
In pushing for the Sexton Plan, NYU and the City have argued that the four park strips on the superblocks are not parkland, and that the City never has regarded them as such.
According to Henry Stern, former New York City Parks Commissioner, this claim is false. As he notes in his blockbuster affidavit, those park strips are parks, by any reasonable definition. True, they have not been mapped as parks—but then neither has Central Park; and NYU can’t build there, either.
Stern has pointed out—and he should know—that the City has consistently regarded those park strips as parks; and that the only reason why they were not mapped as parks is that NYU alone has always blocked the Parks Department’s efforts to assert formal control of those four parcels.
In court this Tuesday morning, our attorneys will be asking for discovery, to get us access to archived correspondence concerning efforts to designate those parks strips as official New York City parks, and NYU’s longtime obstruction of those efforts.
We want to show Judge Donna Mill that many people care about this matter; and we also want the public to know that this issue has not been resolved, despite the City Council’s vote last summer. We therefore want to fill the courtroom, so that Judge Mills and the press (there will be a lot of media there) know that we mean business.
The proceeding is scheduled to begin at 11:30, but it may take some time to get through security. As the courtroom holds only about 50 spectators, it is possible that you may not be able to get in. If there’s so large a crowd that people end up waiting in the hall, however, that too will be very good for us.
Shop Until Midnight – Help Local East Village Boutiques Survive
Small businesses in the East Village were hit hard by Sandy. The effects linger. If sales don’t pick up, it is possible you’ll see some of your favorite small, indie boutiques forced to close shop. Let Midnight Wednesday inspire you to do your holiday shopping local in our community where extra business is greatly needed this year!
Midnight Wednesday is a new holiday tradition in the East Village when you can enjoy some festive merriment at your favorite East Village boutiques and take care of all your holiday shopping. We will be open late to suit your busy schedule! Come enjoy holiday treats and special discounts while supporting local shopkeepers. Download your copy of the Get Local! Shopping Guide to plan your route .
Don’t wait until the last minute. Shop local. Shop now.
Open until 12am on 12.12.12
Stop by Amé Amé to get a list of participating boutiques and take care of your holiday stocking stuffer needs with a special on gummies. $1 per quarter pound or a pound for $3.99. (1 pound limit per person. licorice, chocolates, & other non-gummies excluded).
Ame Ame 318 E. 9th St
$1/qtr lb or 1lb for $3.99 (1 pound limit per person. licorice, chocolates, & other non-gummies excluded).
Holiday treats, hot chocolate, tea
10-20% storewide deal + 2 trunk shows
Raffle entry for every business card from other participants
The East Village Community Coalition and EcoBizNYC invite you to
Get Local! Guide Launch and Fall Awards Ceremony
Wednesday December 5th, 2012
139 Avenue A (at East 9th Street)
Celebrate local businesses in the neighborhood and our diverse retail community!
Join us for the launch of the Get Local! Guide to Local Shops and the Lower East Side Ecology Center to celebrate the Fall 2012 EcoBizNYC grant recipients.
The EVCC highlights retail diversity in the East Village with a comprehensive, free guide to retail and services in the neighborhood. LESEC’s EcoBizNYC program helps small businesses in the East Village and Lower East Side reduce air pollution and environmental impacts, and awards sustainability grants bi-annually.