Join neighbors, community organizations and elected officials for an update on recent developments at Old P.S. 64/CHARAS. A Community Meeting will be held at Loisaida, Inc, 710 East 9th Street on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30pm. You cans also help by emailing the mayor and inviting others! See links below.
Stand with your neighbors and community partners, again, to ask the City to return Old P.S. 64 / Charas / El Bohio to the East Village as a community and cultural resource.
What is the urgency right now? The developer has obtained work permits for a portion of the building which goes against the DoB’s own regulations on partial leasing. Since DoB has refused to rescind the permits we need to take it to the mayor. What can you do now.
A brief history:
In 2005 community members, organizations and elected officials joined to get Old P.S. 64 landmarked and the City limits uses here to “community facilities.”
Old P.S. 64 has sat vacant and fallow since the developer has tried repeatedly to tear the building down has removed its valuable architectural features, and get around the the usage restriction by making “dorm for hire.”
The EVCC, GVSHP and our community allies asked the City to tighten up the dorm rules to prevent developers from slipping in “dorms for hire” and other uses disguised as legitimate dormitories.
The developer owner is seeking to get around these tighter rules that we fought for. He has hired the same lobbyist involved in the scandalous lifting of the deed restriction for the nearby Rivington House.
What can you do?
The East Village Community Coalition publishes our free Get Local! Guide to East Village Shops each year. The updated 9th Edition — with over 500 sh0ps listed — is available now! Email (or leave a message 212-9792-2344) to get your guides today!
Spending your money locally helps small businesses thrive in the East Village.
Local shopping also:
– Keeps more money in our community
– Creates local jobs with fair wages
– Sustains small business owners who defend our neighborhood’s identity
– Chooses creativity and personality over uniformity
The newly available 9th Edition lists more than 500 local merchants and is available in shops and cafes in the neighborhood. Pick up your free copy today!
We are working to preserve small businesses as an integral part of maintaining our diverse, livable community.
Thank you to supporters of the 2015 Get Local! Guide:
Sponsors: 4th Street Food Coop, ABC Animal Hospital, The Bean, Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, Ciao For Now, Dance Parade, Dinosaur Hill, Enz’s, East Village Vintage Collective (FB), Exit9 Gift Emporium, Fabulous Fanny’s, Fourth Arts Block, Eileen Fisher Boutique, Housing Works, Jimmy’s No. 43, Lori McLean Fine Jewelry, Parlor, Performance Space 122, Random Accessories, Shape of Lies, Source Unltd, Transportation Alternatives, Upright Citizens Brigade, wild project
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 9th Edition of the Get Local! Guide hits the East Village this Fall!
We print 10,000 copies.
We will distribute the Get Local! Guide from October through Summer 2016.
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!
Click here to see full ad sheet rates and submit your application.
Now view the Get Local! Guide to East Village Shops through our interactive map!
The EVCC announces the release of Preserving Local Independent Retail: Recommendations for Formula Retail Zoning in the East Village.
The East Village is known for its colorful history of immigration, art, music, community advocacy and grassroots movements. Over the years the community has been home to a variety of artists, writers, and political activists — each group playing a significant role in shaping the neighborhood and creating the unique place that exists today. Today the East Village is one of New York’s most diverse neighborhoods, made up of residents from a variety of backgrounds and of various economic means.
Retail in the East Village has predominantly been made up of small, independent, local businesses. The small storefronts found throughout the neighborhood have provided affordable, low-risk opportunities for small business owners and local entrepreneurs. Today in the East Village a shift can be seen from independent stores to chains or franchises as well as from small storefronts to those with larger footprints. These stores are changing the landscape of the neighborhood by altering the shopping choices from independent to mass-market retailers. The expansion of these chains creates even more challenges for local, independent retailers.
Like many in other municipalities, the EVCC has determined that the presence of chain businesses can be detrimental to community character and local economies. Preserving Local, Independent Retail is presented as part of our Get Local! campaign launched in 2006 to promote a diverse retail mix of independent stores that reflect the neighborhood’s character and serve its population. Three possible methods of formula retail restriction zoning are proposed within the report. These options — aimed at informing decisions by East Village policy makers — have been crafted using case studies, legal suggestions and pre-existing zoning frameworks from other parts of the country.
As trends of gentrification and homogenization continue in New York, with respect to both the built environment and retail landscape, a timely solution is needed to preserve the individuality of the city’s neighborhoods. Placing restrictions on formula retail establishments via zoning amendments provides a path to preserving the rapidly changing East Village. Creating an East Village Special District using our framework will emphasize the importance and uniqueness of the community. Contact us to learn how you can help us create the Special Retail District the East Village needs.
East Village Tuesdays: Networking Event
Cafe Silan, 280 East 10th Street
June 16th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Step in to a friendly neighborhood cafe and network with neighbors and business owners in the area. Small bites and light refreshments will be served.
About East Village Tuesdays
The East Village 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 East Village 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.
Contact the East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) Host Committee with questions via HostCommittee@evccnyc.org
In the fall of 2014 the EVCC enlisted the help of the JGSC Group to conduct the East Village Consumer Survey as a way to better understand why people visit the East Village. The slideshow highlights key findings from the survey.
Over the course of three days in August 2014, EVCC staff and volunteers walked every block of the East Village in an effort to catalog the ground floor use of each building in the community. The data provides a snapshot of the retail landscape in the East Village from summer 2014.
The East Village has 1750 total storefronts. The data shows concentrations of retail and services along the avenues, St. Marks Place, E. 9th and 4th Streets. The retail and service options disperse east of Tompkins Square Park.
In total Drinking Establishments and Food Services make up 35.8% of all East Village storefronts
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There are 362 retail stores in the East Village. The highest concentrations are along 1st and 2nd Avenues, as well as East 7th and 9th Streets and St. Marks Place.
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There are 249 local service establishments in the East Village. They are fairly well spread through the district; however, a decline in offerings can be seen in the eastern part of the district.
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There are 63 chain store establishments in the East Village. The majority of these are located on Third, Second, and First Avenues as well as 14th St.
At the time of the survey there were 196 storefront vacancies within the East Village, or an 11% vacancy rate.
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