From the Archives: Video history of Old P.S. 64

While we await a decision on the dorm conversion proposal at Old P.S. 64, we look back at the work that preserved this magnificent community structure. The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building an individual landmarks thanks to its many architectural and cultural merits. Brush up on the building’s history with this video from our archives:

Old P.S. 64: A History

Community Board 3 Passes Resolution on P.S. 64

CHARAS (old PS 64) 605 E 9th St – plans for community use

VOTE: Whereas, the former PS 64, also known as Charas-El Bohio, located at 605 E. 9th Street, is a beloved community building that has served the Lower East Side since it was built more than a hundred years ago; and

Whereas, for nearly 70 years it was a public school serving as both an educational and cultural center for immigrants first from eastern and southern Europe and then from Latin America; and

Whereas, in the mid-1970’s after New York City closed the school, community activists and artists took over the building to create a vibrant community center where local non-profit organizations and artists of all kinds could thrive; and

Whereas, over vehement community opposition Mayor Giuliani in 1999 sold the former PS 64 to a developer who then evicted the community center; and

Whereas, after an unprecedented community campaign, in 2006 the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Former PS 64 as a landmark recognizing both its physical and cultural distinction; and

Whereas, the developer who acquired the building from the city, and is now proposing to convert it to student housing, has shown gross negligence in the maintenance of the building, has been antagonistic toward the community, and completely unwilling to work constructively toward a solution to the impasse over the future of the building; and

Whereas, the current proposal for student housing does not meet the NYC Department of Buildings’ criteria for a dormitory under the community facility definition in the zoning ordinance because there is no long term lease for all of the facility with one or more accredited educational institution nor is there a restrictive declaration that the building will only be used as a dormitory;

Now therefore, Community Board 3 very strongly opposes the current proposal for conversion of the Former PS 64 to student housing;

And further, Community Board 3 strongly favors a proposal that would result in the building becoming a genuine community facility and cultural center consistent with the building’s history in our neighborhood.

Landmarks hears P.S. 64 on Tuesday, 3pm

The battle to reclaim old P.S. 64/ Charas for the East Village community continues. On Tuesday afternoon, the Landmarks Commission will vote on a series of changes to old P.S. 64/Charas/El Bohio. Approval from the LPC is required to move forward the owner’s plan for a 500-bed dormitory. We demand a better plan for old P.S. 64, one that serves the community.

Take action!

Sign the petition 

Speak out

Tuesday, May 7th, 3pm: Landmarks Preservation Commission
1 Centre Street, 9th floor

LPC will consider alterations to the front and and back courtyards, windows, and the roof.
Review the drawings. Delivery your testimony to the commissioners on Tuesday afternoon or submit written testimony to comments@lpc.nyc.gov. Read our sample letter.

Wednesday, May 8th, 6:30pm: Community Board 3 – Land Use Committee Meeting
56 Essex Street (Broome and Grand)

Plan for community use at former P.S. 64/ Charas

Wednesday, May 15th, 6pm: March from P.S. 64 to Cooper Union

Meet on 9th Street (Avenues B & C)

Return P.S. 64 to the Community

evcc images 007_smThe Department of Buildings is currently reviewing an application to convert former P.S. 64/ Charas into a 500-bed dormitory. The Cooper Union has entered into an agreement with the developer to take a portion of the building for student housing. We reject the proposal to use P.S 64 as a dorm.

COMMUNITY USE – NOT DORMS

Sign on to demand that the building be returned to the community!

Return PS64 to the Community

Respect our community. Respect this community treasure: Old P.S. 64

located at 605 East 9th Street.

Old P.S. 64, a designated New York City landmark, has a long and valued

history serving our community. This building could easily serve our

community again. Dormitory use of this building does not serve our

community. Cooper Union should not house  students in old P.S. 64.

We ask that old P.S. 64 be returned to use for our community.

Sign here

P .S. 64 Image Archive

Have photos of the building from the past twenty years? Email director.evccnyc@gmail.com to add them to our archive. Include the month, year, and name of photographer.

Read more about the history of P.S. 64 and our work to protect the building.

Midnight Wednesday in the East Village

Wednesday, December 12th

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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).

Participating Stores:

Musu 305 E. 9th St

Seyrig   305 E. 9th St

Marjory Warren   309 E. 9th St

Vera Meat  315 E. 9th St

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

Mascot Studio  328 E. 9th St, 10pm

C’est Magnifique  328 E. 9th St

Clayworks Pottery  332 E. 9th St

Gallery Vercon  332 E. 9th St

Duo   337 E. 9th St
20% off clothing and shoes
Prosecco for customers

9th Street Haberdashery  346 E. 9th St

Enchantments  424 E. 9th St

Mr. Throwback  428 E. 9th St

Grey Era Vintage  435 E. 9th St

Devorado NYC  436 E. 9th St

Pink Olive  436 E. 9th St

Purchase “you are loved” tote bag, get 20% off anything you can fit inside the bag

Pork Pie Hatters  440 E. 9th St

Dusty Buttons  441 E. 9th St

Off 9th Street:

A Repeat Performance Antiques 156 1st Ave
Discounts up to 20%, Live music

Bond Street Chocolate63 E. 4th St
9pm Wine and chocolate samples

Butter Lane  123 E. 7th St

East Village Music Store  21 E. 3rd St

Enz’s 125 2nd Ave

Fragrance Shop NY   65 E. 4th St, 9pm

Jane’s Exchange 191 E. 3rd St, 9pm
Children’s

Jimmy’s No. 43 43 E. 7th St
$1 off drink with 12/12/12 receipt from local store

La Sirena 27 E. 3rd, 8pm
10% off purchase
free mango and lime chili pops

Love Shine 543 E. 6th St
15% off purchase, free Love Shine cotton print checkbook cover with purhcase of $20.
Refreshments for shoppers

Parlor102 Ave B

Random Accessories 77 E. 4th St

30% off holiday cards and calendars
Free gift with $25 purchase
Gifts

Rivington Guitars 73 E. 4th St

Rudy Volcano  167 Avenue C

Sustainable NYC   139 Avenue A

ThirsTea 280 E. 10th St
10% off purchase

After shopping, stop by Jimmy’s No. 43 with your receipts.  You’ll get $1 off with every Midnight Wednesday valid receipt! 

Organized by the East Village Community Coalition and Ame Ame
Businesses added daily. Follow @evccnyc, @AmeAmeTweets, and #MidnightWednesday for updates

RSVP (optional): http://bit.ly/SC0kSO.

APPROVED: East Village/ Lower East Side Historic District

East 7th Street
East 7th Street

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on October 9th to create the East Village/ Lower East Side Historic District. Effective immediately, the new district will help protect many cultural resources, religious structures, and contiguous streetscapes that define our historic neighborhood. A comprehensive district had been long overdue in the East Village; previously, our only districts included the block-long East 10th Street Historic District (2012) and the St. Mark’s Historic District (1969, 1984).

Read  the designation report.

Thanks to the local and state elected officials, community groups, community board, and individual residents for their unwavering support. And we thank you for your attention throughout this long process. The commission’s responsiveness resulted from the urgency shown through your commitment, contributions, and testimony.

We celebrate the overwhelmingly positive remarks from most commissioners during the vote, but our work is not complete. The Landmarks Preservation Commission unexpectedly removed properties along First Avenue from the proposed map prior to the vote. After years of advocacy and organizing, the district must be upheld in its entirety by the City Council. EVCC will work with Councilmember Rosie Mendez and other community organizations to be certain we promote each of the 300+ structures designated by LPC. Your support today will help us protect the newborn district and aid preservation efforts in other portions of the East Village.

Sample Letter to Landmarks Preservation Commission Regarding Old P.S. 64/ Charas

Send your testimony to LPC by Monday, May 6th by mail or to comments@lpc.nyc.gov.

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Hon. Robert Tierney
Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
One Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10007
rtierney@lpc.nyc.gov

Re: Certificate of Appropriateness for former P.S. 64, 605 East 9th Street, Manhattan

Dear Chair Tierney:
I urge you reject the application at former P.S. 64 located at 605 East 9th Street. The building’s significance is embodied architecturally as a premier example of the school designs of architect CBJ Snyder and is deepened by a century-long history as a resource for our community.

Many of the alterations under review are inappropriate to the historic character of the building. The bulkheads are visible from many angles, most prominently from the west along the north side of Tompkins Square Park. As proposed, they will detract from the cohesive roofline, an important and surviving component of the original design.

The interior spaces and historic courtyards at old P.S. 64 provided open space to a neighborhood with a serious need for such space. For the past 11 years, the community has been locked out of a now vacant and decaying structure. The new gates planned along 9th Street will officially close off the courtyard that had historically been accessible.

The façade and future use of the building at this important neighborhood building must comply with its historical intent. Please deny this application out of respect for the social and architectural history at old P.S. 64.

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New Historic District!

East 10th Street Historic District Designated

The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) unanimously approved the East 10th Street Historic District on January 17th. This is only the second historic district in our community and the first since the St. Mark’s Historic District passed in 1969.

We would like to thank City Councilmember Rosie Mendez for her help in establishing this district and her ongoing work to protect our neighborhood’s architectural integrity. We would also like to thank Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, and Borough President Scott M. Stringer for testifying in support of this district, and Community Board 3 for passing a resolution in support. Finally, we would like to thank our neighbors and neighborhood preservation organizations for their help.

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East 10th Street

Our work is not done. The LPC has yet to schedule a hearing for the proposed Lower East Side/East Village Historic District. This district will protect nearly 300 buildings from inappropriate alteration and/or demolition. Please email the LPC to urge them to set a date right away!

LES/East Village Historic District

The EVCC has advocated for years for landmarks protection of the LES/East Village. In July, Community Board 3 voted to support the two proposed historic districts in our neighborhood. Historic Districts preserve architectural character and protect neighborhoods from inappropriate alteration, demolition, and out-of-scale development. The next step is a hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). We will alert you when LPC sets a date for the hearing. UPDATE: The East 10th Street Historic District was designated by LPC on January 17th. LPC has set June 26, 2012 as the hearing date for the proposed LES/East Village Historic District.

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City To Consider Historic Districts

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) released plans for two historic districts in our neighborhood. The districts being considered are Tompkins Square North (E 10th Street between Avenue A & Avenue B) and E 2nd Street to E 7th Street between Bowery and Avenue A.

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