East Village/ Lower East Side Rezoning

The City Council approved the 111-block rezoning on November 19, 2008. The rezoning protects both residents and existing buildings. Where new development does occur, the rezoning provides incentives to create affordable housing as part of the new development, helping insure that the East Village maintains its economic diversity. The EVCC was a founding member of LESCAZ, the Lower East Side Coalition for Accountable Zoning. Click here to read more about the 2008 rezoning.


Formula Retail Zoning (FRZ)

The EVCC is working to preserve small businesses as a integral part of maintaining our diversified, livable neighborhood. Locally owned stores and businesses provide community sustainability because owners live where they work and therefore have a vested interest in the neighborhood. Locally owned business tend to pay higher wages.

Some cities and towns in the United States have successfully adopted Formula Retail Regulation Zoning (FRZ), requiring stores to be unique and protecting neighborhoods by limiting or outright banning chain retailers from locating there. We are working to adopt FRZ in the East Village.
Click here for a video supporting Formula Retail Zoning in the East Village, produced by Nicholas Whitaker.

Latest News on Our Rezoning Efforts

  • 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
  • Get Local! Guide to East Village Shops – Get Yours Today! 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: – ... 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
  • 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
  • 11/17: TOWN HALL to Save our Community Center TOWN HALL Save Our Community Center November 17, 2014 6:30pm-8:30pm Casa Victoria, 308 East 8th Street (between Avenues B & C) Join Council Member Rosie Mendez and elected officials, neighbors, and community organizations in an important discussion about the status of former P.S. 64 at 605 East 9th Street. Organize to return the building to community use! Read More
  • City Raises Objections to “Dorm” Plan for PS64 The Department of Buildings has issued a Stop Work Order and moved to revoke a partial permit for the dorm conversion planned for former PS64/ CHARAS – El Bohio. In response to Councilmember Rosie Mendez’s letter dated September 3rd, the DOB raised objections to the approved conversion plan, which had earned agency support based on misinformation. The plan violates the zoning code and the “dorm ... Read More
  • Accidental Skyline: A Map of Underbuilt Manhattan     The Municipal Art Society released a new tool for identifying parcels with air space that can be developed under existing zoning. Much of the East Village is already near or at its height limit as a result of the 2008 contextual rezoning advanced by the EVCC and the East Village/ Lower East Side community. Some lots (in ... Read More
  • Formula Retail Community Workshop: November 19th EVCC invites you to voice your opinion about the current state of chain stores within the East Village. Join EVCC November 19th from 6pm-8pm at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, for a community workshop on Formula Retail. The workshop is open to all but space is limited. Please contact melanie@evccnyc.org or call 212-979-2344 if planning to ... Read More
  • APPROVED: East Village/ Lower East Side Historic District 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 ... Read More
  • New Historic District! East 10th Street Historic District Designated The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) unanimously approved the East 10th Street Historic District on January 17th. This is only the second historic district in our community and the first since the St. Mark’s Historic District passed in 1969. We would like to thank City Councilmember Rosie Mendez for her help in establishing ... Read More