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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Celebration Rally for CHARAS / El Bohio / Former P.S. 64 Rally 12pm Monday NOV 6 CITY HALL STEPS Join Us As We Mark the Anniversary of the late Community Leader and CHARAS Co-Founder Armando Perez’s Birthday and Celebrate the Mayor’s Announcement of His Intent to Reacquire CHARAS / EL BOHIO / FORMER P.S. 64! RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE With speakers Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Carlos ‘Chino’ Garcia, CHARAS, Inc., Andrew Berman, GVSHP, Laura Sewell, ... Read More
- Old P.S. 64 CHARAS / El Bohio News Mayor Bill de Blasio, Town Hall, October 12, 2017: I understand now that there’s been, for over a decade-and-a-half, a controversy and a problem over the CHARAS building, and that the decision made a long time ago by the Giuliani administration was a mistake. For the Giuliani administration to put that building into private hands failed ... Read More
- Save The 3rd And 4th Avenue Corridors 6:30PM WED 9/13 Critical CB 3 Meeting: Rezoning the 3rd & 4th Avenue Corridors Save Third & Fourth Avenues in the East Village! Join GVSHP and neighbors at the Community Board 3 Land Use Committee Meeting Wednesday, September 13 6:30pm Rutgers Community Center 200 Madison Street (btwn Rutgers & Pike Streets) F Train to East Broadway; M 15 Bus (1/2 Ave) to Pike & Madison Meeting begins at 6:30 pm; this is ... Read More
- Old P.S. 64/CHARAS – Time for a Change – Sign THIS Petition For two decades, Old P.S. 64 has lain fallow and allowed to deteriorate, when it could have been serving our community. We all agree it’s time for change! So let’s get serious and ask the Mayor again to restore our treasure and return it to community use. Start by signing THIS petition. Read carefully when asked to sign ... Read More
- 432 E. 14th St – Update: Developer Withdraws Revised Plan 432 E. 14th Victory Developer Withdraws Revised Plan! Today the developers of 432 E.14th Street, withdrew their revised application. After strong community opposition, the BSA rejected the initial application was for variance to build 50% (four floors) higher than our zoning allows. The revised application still requested an additional floor, but with your support Left: Former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office. Center: Height allowed (8 ... Read More
- 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! 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 the heights above. ... 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 The 2017 Get Local! Guide has arrived. Email or call 212-979-2344 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