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.

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2005: Old P.S. 64 Landmark Status Confirmed 2016: Old P.S. 64 Threatened Again

Stand with your neighbors and community partners, again, to ask the City to return Old P.S. 64 / Charas / El Bohio to the East Village as a community and cultural resource.

What is the urgency right now? The developer has obtained work permits for a portion of the building which goes against the DoB’s own regulations on partial leasing.  Since DoB has refused to rescind the permits we need to take it to the mayor. What can you do now.

  • Email or print this flyer and invite every community member to join us on Jan 18th to urge Mayor DeBlasio to have the DoB to rescind these improper permits immediately, before Old PS 64 is damaged beyond repair.
  • Write Mayor de Blasio and urge him to reverse the Department of Buildings’ ruling

A brief history:

In 2005 community members, organizations and elected officials joined to get Old P.S. 64 landmarked and the City limits uses here to “community facilities.”

Old P.S. 64 has sat vacant and fallow since the developer has tried repeatedly to tear the building down has removed its valuable architectural features, and get around the the usage restriction by making “dorm for hire.”

The EVCC, GVSHP and our community allies asked the City to tighten up the dorm rules to prevent developers from slipping in “dorms for hire” and other uses disguised as legitimate dormitories.

The developer owner is seeking to get around these tighter rules that we fought for. He has hired the same lobbyist involved in the scandalous lifting of the deed restriction for the nearby Rivington House.

Read more at The Villager and at GVSHP.  For a comprehensive history, see P.S. 64 – CHARAS, El Bohio: A History.

 

What can you do?

  • Come to the community meeting about saving Old P.S. 64/Charas-El Bohio on Wednesday, January 18, 2017- 6:30 p.m. at Loisaida, Inc., 710 East 9th Street (SW corner at Ave. C) – flyer here.
  • Print out this flyer and distribute to friends, neighbors, local businesses.
  • Write Mayor de Blasio! Urge him to reverse the Department of Buildings’ ruling and not allow a phony “dorm for hire” to go into old P.S. 64

The 2017 Get Local! Guide is here!

getlocal2017_cover      The 2017 Get Local! Guide has arrived.

      Email  or call/text Carol at (347) 903-9676 TODAY

      to schedule a delivery or pick up.

End of 2015 Gratitude and Appeal from EVCC

 

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Dear Neighbors,

Thank you for your support in preserving the East Village!  

2015 tested our neighborhood on many fronts. You stood firm with us, again, to protect our unique buildings and local businesses from disaster and developers. We are grateful for your courage and commitment and your many individual actions — writing letters, making calls, attending events, staying informed, and giving time and resources.

We ask you to continue this important work with us into 2016 by making a year-end donation. Your support today helps us increase our impact to preserve the built and cultural character of the East Village. Consider including community activism in your resolutions! Email or tweet us to pledge an hour or more of your time in 2016.

Make your fully tax-deductible contributionbefore the new year!

Here’s just some of what EVCC accomplished this year:

  • PRODUCED The 9th Edition of the GET LOCAL! GUIDE to East Village Shops, a vital tool that educates our neighbors about the importance of supporting local merchants.
  • ORGANIZED the second Annual Holiday Shopping event to showcase a dozen and a half East Village stores with one-day to month-long promotions — perfect gifts right in the neighborhood.
  • ENABLED the East Village Independent Merchants Association to create the East Village Loves Campaign to promote small, independent businesses.
  • WORKED with preservation groups and neighbors to protect and celebrate important local landmarks and to recognize East Village cultural sites.
  • COLLABORATED with the Community Board 3 and local Block Associations to strike a balance between nightlife establishments and daytime retail that supports the needs of local residents.
  • FILED an official Appeal to issue a stop work order for unpermitted work on CHARAS/ El Bohio PS 64.
  • ACTED to halt or reverse illegal construction and overbuilding in several East Village locations.
  • SPONSORED the LES Pee Wee League, a fee-free baseball program for local youth ages 4-16.

What you can do now:

  • OPPOSE ZQA by testifying at the City Planning Commission public hearing on Wednesday, 12/16 starting at 9 am at the Museum of the American Indian, Broadway and Bowling Green near Battery Park.
  • FUN TIP: Use EVCC’s  Get Local! Guide and find the perfect last-minute gifts right in the neighborhood!

Your support helps us advocate for historic preservation, retail protections, street safety, and local businesses in 2015.  Give today!

Best Wishes,


Carol Crump

Acting Managing Director

            

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!

Get Local! Guide 2015/2016 v9

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 9th Edition lists more than 500 local merchants and is available in shops and cafes in the neighborhood. 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 2015 Get Local! Guide:

Lead sponsors: Lower East Side Girls Club and East Village Independent Merchants Association

Sponsors: 4th Street Food Coop, ABC Animal Hospital, The Bean, Bonnie Slotnick CookbooksCiao For Now, Dance ParadeDinosaur Hill, Enz’s, East Village Vintage Collective (FB), Exit9 Gift EmporiumFabulous Fanny’s, Fourth Arts Block, Eileen Fisher Boutique, Housing Works, Jimmy’s No. 43Lori McLean Fine JewelryParlor, Performance Space 122, Random Accessories, Shape of Lies, Source Unltd, Transportation Alternatives, Upright Citizens Brigade, wild project

It’s Time To Reserve Your Spot In The 2015 Get Local! Guide

OUR NOT-FOR-PROFIT GUIDE PROMOTES LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS

  • We list 500+ businesses located in the East Village for free.

  • We educate consumers by encouraging them to shop locally instead of in chains and franchises,  and to use local community services.

The 9th Edition of the Get Local! Guide hits the East Village this Fall!

  • We print 10,000 copies.

  • We will distribute the Get Local! Guide from October through Summer 2016.

  • The guide will be placed in East Village & LES stores, cafés, hotels and restaurants.

  • It will be printed on eco-friendly paper & full-color soy-based inks.

Contributors will benefit from:

  • Enhanced listing features that identify sponsors.

  • Priority participation in the launch of a Get Local! Digital Guide!

Click here to see full ad sheet rates and submit your application.

 

LAUNCH: Get Local Guide Digital Map

Now view the Get Local! Guide to East Village Shops through our interactive map!

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7/14: #EastVillageLoves Launch Party

A very special launch of our #EastVillageLoves campaign, designed to encourage locals and tourists alike to shop small, independent businesses, particularly those affected by the March explosion on the corner of 2nd Ave. and 7th St.

Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th St (2nd & 3rd Ave)
Tuesday, July 14, 7-9PM
Neighbors. Networking. Support for locals, by locals.

First round of drinks is free!*

*ID will be required for those who wish to be served alcohol.

RSVP

 

About East Village Tuesdays The East Village Tuesdays meetup series is designed to bring together residents of the East Village in the hope that socializing, sharing and supporting one another will lead to a stronger, more informed community. Our East Village Tuesdays series is presented by the East Village Community Coalition’s Host Committee, dedicated to creating enjoyable and informative events throughout the community on behalf of the EVCC.

6/24: Preserving Local, Independent Retail Roundtable

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In June 2015 the East Village Community Coalition released Preserving Local, Independent Retail: Recommendations for Formula Retail Zoning in the East Village, an analysis of the the growing presence of chain stores in the lower Manhattan neighborhood. These stores are changing the landscape of the neighborhood by altering the shopping choices from independent to mass-market retailers.

Three possible methods of formula retail zoning are proposed within the report. These options — aimed at informing decisions by East Village policy makers — have been crafted using case studies, legal suggestions and pre-existing zoning frameworks from other parts of the country. Join us to learn more about the proposals and ask questions about efforts to block the proliferation of chain stores in New York State and beyond.

The Preserving Local, Independent Retail Roundtable is presented as part of our Get Local! campaign launched in 2006 to promote a diverse retail mix of independent stores that reflect the neighborhood’s character and serve its population.

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Light refreshments will be provided.

REPORT: Preserving Local, Independent Retail

The EVCC announces the release of Preserving Local Independent Retail: Recommendations for Formula Retail Zoning in the East Village.

The East Village is known for its colorful history of immigration, art, music, community advocacy and grassroots movements. Over the years the community has been home to a variety of artists, writers, and political activists — each group playing a significant role in shaping the neighborhood and creating the unique place that exists today. Today the East Village is one of New York’s most diverse neighborhoods, made up of residents from a variety of backgrounds and of various economic means.

Retail in the East Village has predominantly been made up of small, independent, local businesses. The small storefronts found throughout the neighborhood have provided affordable, low-risk opportunities for small business owners and local entrepreneurs. Today in the East Village a shift can be seen from independent stores to chains or franchises as well as from small storefronts to those with larger footprints. These stores are changing the landscape of the neighborhood by altering the shopping choices from independent to mass-market retailers. The expansion of these chains creates even more challenges for local, independent retailers.

Like many in other municipalities, the EVCC has determined that the presence of chain businesses can be detrimental to community character and local economies. Preserving Local, Independent Retail is presented as part of our Get Local! campaign launched in 2006 to promote a diverse retail mix of independent stores that reflect the neighborhood’s character and serve its population. Three possible methods of formula retail restriction zoning are proposed within the report. These options — aimed at informing decisions by East Village policy makers — have been crafted using case studies, legal suggestions and pre-existing zoning frameworks from other parts of the country.

As trends of gentrification and homogenization continue in New York, with respect to both the built environment and retail landscape, a timely solution is needed to preserve the individuality of the city’s neighborhoods. Placing restrictions on formula retail establishments via zoning amendments provides a path to preserving the rapidly changing East Village. Creating an East Village Special District using our framework will emphasize the importance and uniqueness of the community. Contact us to learn how you can help us create the Special Retail District the East Village needs.

Download your copy of the Preserving Local, Independent Retail Report

East Village Consumer Survey Results

In the fall of 2014 the EVCC enlisted the help of the JGSC Group to conduct the East Village Consumer Survey as a way to better understand why people visit the East Village. The slideshow highlights key findings from the survey.

 

FINDINGS:

  • We learned that the most important initiatives are:
    • Retain existing businesses
    • Attract independent stores and boutiques.
    • The least desired initiative is to attract national retailers. Fewer than 2 percent of all respondents feel this is very important.
  • Respondents expressed a low level of satisfaction cleanliness and litter control (22%). This response was consistent among residents (regardless of their length of residency) and non-residents.
  • Among all respondents the most mentioned reason for not visiting more often is that merchandise prices are too high (46%).
  • Among all of the goods and services offered respondents identified 7 categories that were selected most frequently as reason they would visit more often:
    • Independent retail stores and books were selected by two-thirds of all respondents.
    • Recorded music, specialty foods, crafts and hobbies, housewares, and grocery store were selected by one-half of all respondents.
    • Noticeably absent from the preferred selections were clothing and accessories stores, drinking establishments (9%), and national retail stores (5%).
  • The most valuable source of information is the East Village blog site EVgrieve.com, which was described as very valuable by 71 percent of all responses.

East Village Community Coalition
143 Avenue B - Simplex
New York, NY 10009
212-979-2344