The EVCC is working toward historic districts and individual landmarks protections in our community. We worked with neighbors, community groups, and elected officials to save Old P.S. 64 from the wrecking ball and development as a high-rise tower. And we are currently working on two proposed historic districts in the East Village.
1. The East 10th Street Historic District and The LES/East Village Historic District
The EVCC has advocated for years for landmarks protection of the LES/East Village. In July of 2011, 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 Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the East 10th Street Historic District on January 17, 2012. It’s the first historic district designation in the neighborhood since the St. Mark’s Historic District in 1969. LPC held a hearing on June 26, 2012 for the LES/East Village Historic District. You can still submit your testimony in support of this important district to email@example.com.
St. Brigid’s Church
One of New York’s historic treasures, the church on Avenue B and East 8th Street was built by Irish shipwrights in 1848. In 2001, the main church was closed because of a crack in the structure, and three years later, the Archdiocese of New York disbanded the congregation. In 2006, demolition began, but the process was halted and delayed by a series of court decisions. Then, on May 21, 2008 the Archdiocese of New York announced that it had received a $20 million donation to the St. Brigid’s Parish and School, and that the Archdiocese would restore and reopen St. Brigid’s Church.
The East Village Community Coalition was delighted to learn this news. St. Brigid’s Church is one of the oldest buildings in our neighborhood and is of great importance to our community. We thank the Archdiocese and the donor for this tremendous news.
Renovations are ongoing.
Old P.S. 64, the former CHARAS El Bohio
The EVCC initiated and led the effort to landmark this one-time school building between Avenues B and C, from 9th Street to 10th Street. P.S. 64 was designated an individual landmark by the City of New York Landmarks Preservation Commission on June 20, 2006 and confirmed by City Council vote September 15, 2006.
In March 2008, the New York State Court of Appeals, our State’s highest court, ruled unanimously that NYC had the right to deny approval to the building’s owner for the construction of a “dormitory” under community facility zoning without a lease of at least ten years with a college or university. The EVCC led a group of community and preservation organizations in submitting a Friend of the Court Brief in support of NYC’s claim.
DAG 64, Development Advisory Group 64, a coalition of Lower East Side community organizations brought together by City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, has commissioned a study of neighborhood needs and the feasibility of returning old P.S. 64 as a community center.
- Read our history of Old P.S. 64, CHARAS/El Bohio
- See our photo gallery of the post-landmark damage to the building
- Find out how you can help preserve the building
The Mezeritz Synagogue
In August of 2008, the EVCC joined a coalition of community groups that are trying to preserve this 1910 synagogue on Sixth Street. Good news – Mezeritz Synagogue is included in the proposed LES/East Village Historic District. This proposed historic district is scheduled for public hearing on June 26, 2012.
Get the details about what has been accomplished
Latest News on Our Preservation Efforts
- Old PS 64 💌 Rally & Press Conference – Tuesday, 2/14, 2pm Join elected officials, community organizations and activists to ask Mayor de Blasio to be our Valentine and give us back our Community Center former CHARAS El Bohio, P.S. 64 at 605 East 9th Street! Artists, dancers, actors, musicians, residents, community not-for-profit orgs. & service providers. Come as your favorite cultural or community resource, or come as you ... Read More
- 432 E. 14th St. TOWER – 1/24 OPPOSE Variance Application! 432 E. 14th… TOWER? NO Taller than Zoning Allows! Tuesday Jan. 24th at 1pm – Testify at the BSA Hearing! The developers of 432 E.14th Street have applied to The Board of Standards and Appeals for variance to build higher than our zoning allows — 50% (four floors) higher! Left: Former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office. Center: Height allowed (8 stories). Right: Height requested 12 stories). Compare ... Read More
- Old P.S. 64/CHARAS Community Meeting – Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 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, ... Read More
- The 2017 Get Local! Guide is here! The 2017 Get Local! Guide has arrived. Email or call/text Carol at (347) 903-9676 TODAY to schedule a delivery or pick up. Read More
- REPORT: Anticipating and Adapting to Community Changes in the East Village 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. Anticipating and Adapting to Community Changes in the East Village NYU Wagner Capstone ... Read More
- City Planning Reduces Height Increases Planned for Contextual Zones, Reforms Community Process The Department of City Planning announced that it will present to 51 community boards before further action is taken on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability plan introduced in February. The change is a response community opposition from neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs expressed during the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. In ... Read More
- The East Village Merchants Association Launches “East Village Loves”, A Campaign To Support Merchants Affected By The East Village Blast “East Village Loves” will highlight the East Village merchants affected by the tragic Second Avenue blast and emphasize that they are now fully open for business. Independent entrepreneurs in the East Village in conjunction with the East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA) have announced the launch of “East Village Loves,” a campaign created to highlight local ... Read More
- #SaveNYC Consider joining #SaveNYC, a grassroots, crowd-sourced, DIY movement to protect and preserve the diversity and uniqueness of the urban fabric in New York City. As our vibrant streetscapes and neighborhoods are turned into bland, suburban-style shopping malls, filled with chain stores and glossy luxury retail, #SaveNYC is fighting for small businesses and cultural institutions to remain in place. The mission ... Read More
- NY State Court of Appeals Agrees to Hear Case Against NYU Expansion Plan In the latest installment of the ongoing struggle against NYU’s huge expansion plan, the State’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals, has agreed to hear a case that was filed by petitioners in mid-November regarding public parkland. The lawsuit has passed through two lower courts, with differing results. Those following the dispute, ... Read More
- City issues permits for restoration work at P.S. 64 Since receiving the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s blessing in 2013, Gregg Singer may finally be moving forward with restoration work at former P.S. 64/ CHARAS – El Bohio. The landmarked school building has been vacant following the eviction of the former tenants of El Bohio led by CHARAS in 2001. The City reversed its short-lived approval ... Read More