In 2015, an NYU Wagner School Capstone team made projections on the near future of the East Village. After spending a year analyzing trends, policy, and plans, the students prepared a report and presentation on the projected effects of change on residents and the neighborhood’s character.
The East Village is experiencing rapid changes in housing stock, resident demographics, retail offerings and developments. With IBM leasing at Cooper Square and many buildings changing hands, we see potential for significant transformations in the area. In order to have an informed and prepared community, it is important that all influencing factors and trends be identified to prepare community groups, elected officials and residents who may work to mitigate projected effects. Real estate trends, population shifts, existing and proposed policies, planned developments, the condition of cultural resources are all considered in helping to predict what we can expect in the coming years in the area east of Tompkins Square Park.
Last Tuesday, July 8th marked the East Village Community Coalition Host Committee’s third ever “First Tuesdays” event. We were fortunate to make use of the beautiful Green Oasis Community Garden & Gilbert’s Sculpture Garden. This large-lot community garden, tucked away on 8th St. near Avenue D, was slated to be shut down by the Giuliani administration. The gardeners successfully protected the site through the early aughts. Thanks to their efforts, the garden today features a gazebo, stage, brick oven grill and a koi pond. Green Oasis was the perfect setting for East Village residents and enthusiasts to socialize, share with and support one another.
Throughout the evening, residents mingled over wine and delicious cookies generously donated by Taneesha Crawford of Rebellious Treats. We were fortunate to welcome State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh who joined in the festivities. Each guest left with a printed map marking East Village community gardens and their accompanying information. Interested in finding your local community garden? Click here or check out this East Village Gardens Key.
If you weren’t able to attend our most recent First Tuesday, don’t fret! We are in the midst of assembling another exciting event for Wednesday, August 13th, and you’re invited. Looking to learn more about our Host Committee and the EVCC, or considering volunteering? Contact HOSTCOMMITTEE@EVCCNYC.ORG for more information.