HDC Releases “A Proven Success: How the New York City Landmarks Law and Process Benefit the City”

The Historic Districts Council recently released A Proven Success: How the New York City Landmarks Law and Process Benefit the City. This report shows how 49 years of activities by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) have affected New York City in a variety of positive ways. The report examines the correlation between urban planning, affordable housing, gentrification, tax revenue and job creation within historic districts.

A Proven Success examines the Real Estate Board of New York’s long history of opposition to both the Law and the LPC. It documents REBNY’s even longer history (90 years) of opposition to affordable housing by consistently advocating for higher rents on rent-regulated apartments, de-regulation, and vacancy decontrol. The report also makes clear that the Landmarks Law and the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the city agency charged with upholding that law, have not contributed to a housing crisis. Designation has in fact stabilized and enriched our neighborhoods, drawing development to previously ignored parts of the city.

A Proven Success is a great resource for those interested in New York real estate and development. It is a voice of reason to balance the roar of real estate lobbyists who have sought to dominate public and political conversation about historic preservation in our city. When you support historic preservation efforts, you show your constituents that you care about the past and future of their neighborhoods.

Read the full report. For more information contact our colleagues at the Historic District Council:  Executive Director Simeon Bankoff at 212-614-9107 or hdc@hdc.org.

10/15: Upscaling Downtown: A Forum and Book Launch

Four years in the making, Richard Ocejo’s Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City surveys the social and economic impact of bar proliferation on the Lower East Side’s traditionally diverse neighborhoods. Representing groups examined in the book, panelists will discuss what is easily one of this community’s most hot button issues. Q&A will follow.

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About the Panelists:
Rob Hollander: Neighborhood Historian and Activist
Bob Holman: Poet, Founder of Bowery Poetry Club
Matt Krivich: Dir. of Operations, The Bowery Mission
Sara Romanoski, Director, East Village Community Coalition
Mike Stuto: Owner of HiFi Bar
Richard E. Ocejo: Assistant Professor of sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Host: Alison Fleminger, University Settlement

About the book: The product of four years of fieldwork in the East Village and on the Lower East Side, Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City uses nightlife as a window into understanding urban development and explores what community institutions, such as neighborhood bars, gain or lose amid gentrification. Ocejo considers why residents continue unsuccessfully to protest the arrival of new bars, how new bar owners produce a nightlife culture that attracts visitors rather than locals, and how government actors – including elected officials and the police – regulate and encourage nightlife culture. By focusing on commercial newcomers and the residents who protest local changes, Ocejo illustrates the contested and dynamic process of neighborhood growth.

When: Wed., October 15 7:00pm

Where: University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (near Rivington), NY, NY

FREE and open to the public!

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)!

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.

 

 

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.

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

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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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

5/4: LES History Month Opening Picnic at Pier 42

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Lower East Side History Month is an annual celebration of the rich and diverse history of the Lower East Side, taking place throughout the month of May. 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.
To learn more about LES History Month and scheduled programs/events, visit www.leshistorymonth.org

Help St. Mark’s Bookshop move to new location in the East Village

The Friends of St. Mark’s Bookshop is sponsoring an Indiegogo campaign to move the Bookshop into a new space in the East Village. But the Bookshop needs another financial push to build out the space and pay for moving costs, as well as maintaining its inventory for the remaining months at 31 Third Avenue. Once again, we turn to our loyal community for help.

For contributions of $250 up to $5,000, St. Mark’s Bookshop has one-of-a-kind books, including signed first editions that are personalized by the authors, as thank you gifts to our generous campaign supporters. These authors include Junot Diaz, Anne Carson, Anne Waldman, Patti Smith, Paul Auster, Lydia Davis, Eileen Myles, and others. Discounts on future purchases are also included for contributors. Even giving a smaller amount can get you a gift certificate to spend at the store.

Now is the opportunity for a final push as St. Mark’s reinvents itself as a non-profit event space, while continuing to fill the East Village’s niche for a small brick-and-mortar bookstore featuring carefully selected new theoretical, political, art, design, poetry and independent literary texts in traditional print format.

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

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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).