Old PS 64 ūüíĆ Rally & Press Conference – Tuesday, 2/14, 2pm

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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 are!


What can you do?

  • Come to the Rally and Press Conference about saving Old P.S. 64/Charas-El Bohio on Tuesday, 2/14, 2pm¬†—¬†Steps of City Hall
    ūüíƬ†RSVP, invite your friends, like and share the¬†Facebook invite to the Rally
  • Come to MORUS for Sign Painting¬†
    Sunday, February 12th from 3:30pm to 7:30pm
    Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C
    ūüíƬ†RSVP, invite your friends, like and share the¬†Facebook invite to the Rally
  • Print out ¬†the Valentine’s Rally flyer and distribute to friends, neighbors, local businesses.
    ūüíĆ Ask your favorite businesses to post it in their window.
  • Write Mayor de Blasio!¬†
    ūüíƬ†Urge¬†him to reverse the Department of Buildings‚Äô ruling and not allow¬†a phony ‚Äúdorm for hire‚ÄĚ to go into old P.S. 64.


    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 ‚Äúcommunity facilities.‚ÄĚ As the developer¬†tried repeatedly to get around the the usage restriction by making it a “dorm for hire,” so our community allies asked the City to tighten up the dorm rules.

    The developer owner is trying yet again to sneak¬†around these¬†tighter rules and¬†has hired the same lobbyist involved in the scandalous lifting of the deed restriction for the nearby Rivington House! And what’s worse is now it’s the DoB breaking it’s own rules!¬†That has terrible implications, not just for our beloved CHARAS El Bohio, but for endangered, culturally significant buildings across the City.¬†

    ūüíĆMayor de Blasio, have a heart and¬†put a stop to this!ūüíĆ

    Read more on recent happenings at The Villager and at GVSHP or find a full history here.

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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 the heights above. Compliance is 8 stories. Proposed is 12. Like the EVCC, our colleagues in preservation, Community Board 3, and many residents, we believe you will¬†agree that this building is oversized and way out of scale. We worked hard to get ¬†special zoning put in place — to prevent exactly this. We need your voice. Tell the BSA we stand behind our zoning.


Testify at the BSA Hearing on January 24th
BSA hearing room, 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall at 1pm

We believe the developers claims “hardship” because of “unique circumstances”¬†are bogus.¬†Do not let them¬†get away with cramming an oversized building into a space where it doesn’t belong just¬†because it is on 14th Street. The back of the building goes through to 13th Street and will be very visible, have widespread effects and sets a bad precedent. We must stand up to this encroachment and uphold our zoning.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • EMAIL THE BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS via this form. URGE¬†THEM TO REJECT THE VARIANCE!
  • TESTIFY AT THE BSA HEARING – January 24th¬†at 1pm – BSA hearing room, 22 Reade Street, Spector Hall.
  • FORWARD BY EMAIL or PRINT OUT¬†¬†this flyer and post it in your lobby or community center, distribute to friends, neighbors, local businesses.

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‚Äô 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 ‚Äúcommunity facilities.‚ÄĚ

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 ‚Äď 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) ‚Äď 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‚Äô ruling and not allow¬†a phony ‚Äúdorm for hire‚ÄĚ 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.

General Slocum Walking Tour 6/15

On June 15, join Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation, Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, East Village Community Coalition, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, South Bronx Unite and Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione for a walking tour to learn more about the General Slocum tragedy. The walking tour will conclude at German restaurant Zum Schneider.

Ship Abalze by Edward T. O’Donnell.

Ship Ablaze by Edward T. O’Donnell.

Slocum Memorial Fountain, Tompkins Square Park.

Slocum Memorial Fountain, Tompkins Square Park.

EVCC’s Annual Fundraiser: Spaces Old and New – Early Bird Tickets!

Please join us at our fundraiser celebrating our East Village independent businesses!

Spaces Old and New
Wednesday May 11th, 7-10 pm
Housing Works Roof Top
43 E 9th Street

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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 Cookbooks,¬†Ciao For Now, Dance Parade,¬†Dinosaur Hill, Enz’s, East Village Vintage Collective¬†(FB),¬†Exit9 Gift Emporium,¬†Fabulous Fanny’s, Fourth Arts Block, Eileen Fisher Boutique, Housing Works, Jimmy’s No. 43,¬†Lori McLean Fine Jewelry,¬†Parlor, Performance Space 122, Random Accessories, Shape of Lies, Source Unltd, Transportation Alternatives, Upright Citizens Brigade, wild project

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 ‚ÄĒ aimed at informing decisions by East Village policy makers ‚ÄĒ 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.

RSVP

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 ‚ÄĒ 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¬†‚ÄĒ aimed at informing decisions by East Village policy makers ‚ÄĒ 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 Community Coalition
143 Avenue B - Simplex
New York, NY 10009
212-979-2344