City Sets Date for LES/East Village Historic District Hearing

Mark your calendar for June 26th!

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The Landmarks Preservation Commission has set June 26th as the hearing date for the proposed Lower East Side/East Village Historic District. If designated, the district would protect nearly 300 buildings from inappropriate alteration or demolition. The district was supported by Community Board 3 in a nearly 3-to-1 vote in July of last year. This is great news for our community and comes on the heels of the recently designated East 10th Street Historic District, the first historic district in the East Village since 1969.

We have advocated for landmark and historic district protections for years. We thank our neighbors, community preservation organizations, and elected officials for working with us to save our neighborhood’s unique character.

4th Annual Lower East Side Kids’ Art Bike Parade

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Serving as a celebration of the improved East Side greenway and sustainable transportation, the fourth annual Lower East Side Kids’ Art Bike Parade was held in East River Park on April 30. The Parade was held in conjunction with the NYC Dept. of Transportation and Partnership For Parks ‘Bicycle Bonanza’, a day-long celebration of safe bicycling. Neighbors enjoyed bicycle decorating, DOT bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways, a free Learn-to-Ride class from Bike New York, bicycle tune-ups from Recycle-a-Bicycle, face painting and the Bike Parade in the park.

Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and Senator Daniel Squardon led the parade along with officials from the NYC Department of Transportation. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and City Councilmember Rosie Mendez also participated and helped tune up bicycles.

Annual Cocktail Party Recap

EVCC Fundraiser a Success!

Local songwriter James Maddock played an intimate acoustic set, including hits from his latest album, Sunrise on Avenue C, at The Wild Project October 4 at the annual East Village Community Coalition cocktail party. More than 50 guests, including State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, celebrated the ongoing advocacy efforts of the EVCC.

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Pedal Power 2010: Kids’ Art Bike Parade

two kids parading rEarly rain showers could not keep the families, artists, and sun away at the third annual Kids’ Art Bike Parade in Tompkins Square Park on May 8th. Serving as a celebration of sustainable streets improvements in our neighborhood, the event was a huge success. Neighbors enjoyed bicycle decorating, DOT bicycle helmet fittings and giveaways, face painting, balloon animals, youth yoga, a Learn-to-Ride class from Bike New York, bicycle tune-ups from Recycle-a-Bicycle and Five Borough Bike Club, the Bike Parade, and an amazing price raffle!

Heelz On Wheelz energized the crowd with their Bike Safety Dance followed by Rude Mechanical Orchestra’s uplifting performance. Grand Marshal Rosie Mendez and Co-Marshals Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh led the parade out of Tompkins Square and south along Avenue A.

Lower East Side kids showed the joy of riding bicycles and the need to support sustainable and active transportation in our neighborhood. EVCC applauds recent DOT and MTA improvements in the area and awaits further improvements, especially protected bus and bicycle lanes on 1st and 2nd Avenues this fall.

EVCC gave away over 35 bikes to kids from the neighborhood. Refreshments were donated by the 4th Street Food Co-op, GuS Soda, Ninth Street Espresso, Whole Earth Bakery, and Butter Lane. LES Girls Club volunteers spun their wheels making bicycle-powered smoothies. Two Boots Pizza, SkipHop, Sustainable NYC, Manhattan Portage, and LES Peoples’ Mutual Housing Association generously donated prizes for the free raffle. New York Cares provided 25 volunteers for the event and 10 volunteers painted Bike Parade banners. Their time, energy, and passion was critical in the success of the event. EVCC thanks all the volunteers, co-sponsors, and participants for making the Third Annual Kids’ Art Bike Parade a success!

NIGHTLIFE TOWN HALL

APPALLED AT THE NUMBER OF BAD BARS INVADING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

When: Thursday, February 4th, 6:30 PM

Where: PS 20, 166 Essex Street

What: Community forum to discuss the NY State Liquor Authority’s work in the Lower East Side and East Village

For more information, please contact Mary Cooley at 212.298.5565 or mcooley@senate.state.ny.us

 

Oh – What A Night! EVCC Fundraiser a Success!

PIGEON Michael Rosen presents Judy Rhodes with the Pigeon of the Year Award for her service to the community.
PIGEON Michael Rosen presents Judy Rhodes with the Pigeon of the Year Award for her service to the community.
The Trudy Silver Group played to a packed house July 28, overlooking Tompkins Square Park and the Manhattan skyline. The cocktail party was hosted by the East Village Community Coalition in honor of long-time East Village champion Judy Rhodes. Judy is a jazz producer, photographer, benefactor and devotee extraordinaire, and resides in the Charlie Parker House at 151 Avenue B. For her lifelong achievements and service, Ms. Rhodes was awarded the highly-coveted Pigeon Award by Michael Rosen.

More than 100 guests, including City Council Member Rosie Mendez, State Senator Daniel Squadron and State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, celebrated, toasted and danced the evening away to the cool beats of Trudy Silver’s jazz quartet. In addition to the music there was a winner-take-all raffle drawing that included some of the best shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. Proceeds from the evening will help the EVCC produce the 3rd Edition of the Get Local! Shopping Guide, strive toward Formula Retail Zoning to protect small business and initiate historic district protection for sections of our community.

In other EVCC news, be on the lookout for the 3rd Edition of the Get Local! Guide in the coming months.  More information soon to come!

Get Ready For The 2008 Kids’ Art Bike Parade!

Put Saturday October 4 on your calendar

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The neighborhood’s kids are psyched, waiting to unveil bikes they’ve transformed at the bike decorating workshops in September. The Rude Mechanical Orchestra and the Bari Koral Family Band are ready to play. Local chefs are cooking up treats for after the parade. And 47 bike-less kids now have donated bicycles that have been tuned up, decorated, and ready to take home after the parade.

The East Village Community Coalition presents…The Second Annual Lower East Side Kids’ Art Bike Parade!

When:  Saturday, October 4, 11 AM- 2 PM

Where:  Tompkins Square Park, northeast corner at Avenue A and 10th Street

Who:  You,  joined by Lower East Side neighbors, friends, and kids of all ages — from toddlers to senior citizens

What:  Decorate your bike either at our advance workshops or at our on-the-spot bike-decorating event starting at 10 AM before the parade — then hop on and join the crowd as we parade our human-powered wheels around the neighborhood

Why:  The East Village is always ahead of the game.  This time, it’s the youngest people in our neighborhood showing adults, the city, and the entire world how fun and healthy it is to enjoy non-polluting transportation powered by our own legs and (in this case) by our own imaginations.  By encouraging a new generation of bike riders, we cut back on the pollution that causes global warming and we establish a happy future for our neighborhood.

 

bike_parade_poster_webLast year, more than 100 people — including Commissioner Margarita Lopez, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Assembly Member Bryan Kavanaugh — rode their wildly decorated bikes around our neighborhood.  The event was attended and supported by The Lower East Side Girls Club, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, Recycle a Bicycle, the Clown Brigade from Time’s Up, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, The Department of Transportation, the New York City Housing Authority, and many many other community groups.

 

This year’s ride promises to be an even bigger and better party.

New for 2008:  A special mini-parade for the tiniest toddlers and tots who will zoom their tricked-out scooters, bike seats, and carriages around the basketball courts, where they will also be entertained by carnival games.

Plus:  There will be refreshments, free bike helmets and bike repairs, t-shirts by donation, and much more.

HOW TO JOIN THE FUN:

Reservations for the ride and the workshop are not required.  However, it’s very helpful if you reserve your place in advance.

**To let the EVCC know that you will be riding on October 4,please register here.

**To findout about our super-fun bike-decorating workshops in September, click here.

**Volunteers are also needed to share the fun at the workshops and at the ride.  To sign up as a volunteer, please register here.

**Want a preview?  Check out our nutty photos from the 2007 Kids’ Bike Parade>

Don’t miss this once-a-year neighborhood bash!  Put October 4 on your calendar now! 

Timeline and Schedule for the Day:

What’s happening on October 4:

10:00 am-11:00 am: last-minute bike decorating, bike helmet fitting, Learn to Ride workshops.

11:00 am: speakers including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, and City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez.

11:30 am: parade forms up; music by Rude Mechanical Orchestra

12:00 noon: the parade!

1:00 pm: Celebrate with music by the Bari Koral Family Band, free snacks, games, face painting and more.

1:45: Bike decorating winners announced; raffle prizes (free raffle for all participants)
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