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.

Kushner Companies attends CB3 Housing Committee – 4/17

A representative from Kushner Companies is scheduled to address the CB3 housing committee on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm. Earlier this year, Kusher Companies purchased more than twenty East Village walk-up buildings from the infamous Ben Shaoul of Magnum Real Estate and Icon Realty. The acquisitions include 325 East 10th Street, which has been operating as an illegal hotel for three years.

Residents at 500 East 11th are taking Kushner Companies to court for the violations endured since February. Among the problems described in the filing are a lack fo heat and hot water, structural damage, lack of fire detectors, illegal work, and failure of the electronic key system which blocks egress. More information available: http://evgrieve.com/2013/04/reader-report-east-village-tenants.html

Join us on Wednesday evening at the Seward Park Extension Community Center, 56 Essex Street.

Join the team!

Take your passion for the East Village to next level! Help us advocate for livability and small, independent businesses. Opportunities are available in Business Outreach and in Community Planning.

The East Village Community Coalition works to recognize, support, and sustain the built and cultural character of the East Village. To apply, send your resume and cover letter by Friday, March 23rd to director.evccnyc@gmail.com.

Community Planning Intern

EVCC seeks an energetic intern to help develop community-driven commercial zoning and to engage residents and elected officials in the process. The incumbent will bring energy and creativity to implementing our business engagement strategy.

Qualifications
Applicant must have a passion for NYC as a city of neighborhoods. Familiarity with the East Village is a plus. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication, proofreading skills, pay close attention to detail, be organized, and be a creative and independent worker. Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and experience with social media including Facebook and Twitter among other platforms are essential. Interest in community organizing, community development, urban planning, historic preservation, small business, or marketing preferred.

Requirements

  • Assist the director in developing a plan to implement formula retail zoning in the East Village
  • Assess and analyze existing zoning and existing conditions
  • Research zoning and legal precedents locally and in other US cities
  • Design proposal with all regulatory options and identify priorities
  • Develop presentations for the public, community partners, elected officials, and the Department of City Planning
  • Contribute to the creation of an education program on formula retail zoning

Business Outreach Intern

We seek an energetic intern to assist in the development of a new merchants association in the East Village. Hurricane Sandy exposed a need for local business organizing to respond to ongoing challenges and future events. The incumbent will bring energy and creativity to implementing our business engagement strategy.

Qualifications
Applicant must have a passion for NYC as a city of neighborhoods. Familiarity with the East Village is a plus. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication, proofreading skills, pay close attention to detail, be organized, and be a creative and independent worker. Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and experience with social media including Facebook and Twitter among other platforms are essential. Interest in community organizing, community development, urban planning, historic preservation, small business, or marketing preferred.

Requirements

  • Maintain database of East Village businesses
  • Perform outreach to engage local business owners in person and online
  • Aggregate resources for guide for business owners
  • Help facilitate events, as necessary
  • Coordinate the digital components to the annual Get Local! Shopping Guide
  • Track the distribution and use of the Get Local! Shopping Guide

State Court Hears Lawsuit Against NYU Lawsuit

Tuesday, Feburary 26th, 11AM

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.

NYUFASP

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.

Get Local! Guide Launch and Fall Awards Ceremony

The East Village Community Coalition and EcoBizNYC invite you to

Get Local! Guide Launch and Fall Awards Ceremony

Wednesday December 5th, 2012
6pm-8pm
Sustainable NYC
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.

Space and refreshments generously provided by Sustainable NYC.

Can’t wait? Download your copy today.

Get Local! Guide to Local Shops Now Available!

Our neighborhood boasts resident-serving retail outlets and unique offerings from creative merchants. The East Village is NOT a strip mall – thankfully the monotonous chain stores found in town after town are in short supply here. In an attempt to keep our neighborhood independent and unique, we publish our free Get Local! Guide to East Village Shops each year. The updated 6th Edition is available now!

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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 6th Edition lists more than 400 local merchants and is available in shops and cafes in the neighborhood. You can download the online version or 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 2012 Get Local! guide:

Lead sponsor: EcoBizNYC, a project of the Lower East Side Ecology Center

Sponsors: 4th Street Food Coop, Butter Lane, The Bean, Dinosaur Hill, Fabulous Fanny’s, Fourth Arts Block, Eileen Fisher, Housing Works, Lower East Side Federal Credit Union, Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Authority, Michael Mut Gallery, Parlor, Source Unltd, Sustainable NYC, Transportation Alternatives, Upright Citizens Brigade, wild project

APPROVED: East Village/ Lower East Side Historic District

East 7th Street
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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.