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!

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

      to schedule a delivery or pick up.

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 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.

Retail Diversity in the East Village

Over the course of three days in August 2014, EVCC staff and volunteers walked every block of the East Village in an effort to catalog the ground floor use of each building in the community. The data provides a snapshot of the retail landscape in the East Village from summer 2014.

Overview

The East Village has 1750 total storefronts. The data shows concentrations of retail and services along the avenues, St. Marks Place, E. 9th and 4th Streets. The retail and service options disperse east of Tompkins Square Park.

All Primary with Vacancy

 

Drinking Establishments + Food Service

In total Drinking Establishments and Food Services make up 35.8% of all East Village storefronts

Food and Drink

Business CategoryNumber of BusinessesPortion of Storefronts
Total Drinking & Food58235.60%
Restaurants & Cafes42224.10%
Bars1498.50%
Other Food (Ice cream, frozen yogurt, dessert, juice bar, etc.)523.00%

Avenues2nd Avenue1st AvenueAvenue C
Total Storefronts15819292
Restaurants & Cafes446815
Bars221711
Other Food731
Percent Bars + Food Service46.00%46.00%29.00%
Streets1st St.6th St.7th St.St. Marks Pl.10th St.
Percent Bars + Food Service31.00%36.00%32.00%41.00%31.00%
Total Storefronts39749313871
Bars2710132
Restaurants & Cafes819164013
Other Food21447

Retail

There are 362 retail stores in the East Village. The highest concentrations are along 1st and 2nd Avenues, as well as East 7th and 9th Streets and St. Marks Place.

Retail

Retail TypeNumber of StoresPercent of Total Retail
Total362100.00%
Food + Beverage12535.00%
Clothing9125.00%
Hobbies, Sports + Music6317.00%
Household4111.00%
Personal Care267.00%
General Merchandise 164.00%

Local Services

There are 249 local service establishments in the East Village. They are fairly well spread through the district; however, a decline in offerings can be seen in the eastern part of the district.

Local Services

Local ServiceNumber of StoresPercent of Local Services
Total249100.00%
Barber or Hair Salon8635.00%
Dry Cleaner or Laundry6426.00%
Spa or Body Work4920.00%
Tattoos + Body Alteration166.00%
Pet Supplies135.00%
Repair114.00%
Other Services83.00%
Auto Repair21.00%

Chains

There are 63 chain store establishments in the East Village. The majority of these are located on Third, Second, and First Avenues as well as 14th St.

  • Food service establishments (Starbucks, Subway, etc.) account for 35% of the chain stores within the East Village
  • Banks account for 21% of the chain stores within the East Village

Chain StoresVacancies

At the time of the survey there were 196 storefront vacancies within the East Village, or an 11% vacancy rate.

Vacancies

The full presentation of the data can be seen here. 

 

 

 

 

 

REPORT: Anticipating and Adapting to Community Changes in the East Village

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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 Team: Presentation for EVCC

The East Village is experiencing rapid changes in housing stock, resident demographics, retail offerings and developments. With IBM leasing at Cooper Square and many buildings changing hands, we see potential for significant transformations in the area. In order to have an informed and prepared community, it is important that all influencing factors and trends be identified to prepare community groups, elected officials and residents who may work to mitigate projected effects. Real estate trends, population shifts, existing and proposed policies, planned developments, the condition of cultural resources are all considered in helping to predict what we can expect in the coming years in the area east of Tompkins Square Park.

The East Village Merchants Association Launches “East Village Loves”, A Campaign To Support Merchants Affected By The East Village Blast

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‚ÄúEast Village Loves‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúEast Village Loves,‚ÄĚ a campaign created to highlight local businesses in the East Village. Utilizing the #eastvillageloves hashtag, the campaign will call for New Yorkers to shop in the East Village and support the establishments most affected by the blast.

On March 26th, a devastating explosion and fire leveled three historic buildings at the corner of Second Avenue and East 7th Street tragically claiming two lives, destroying dozens of homes, and displacing several businesses both temporarily and permanently. Over thirty-eight establishments lost business due to barricades, blocked traffic, emergency operations, and a broader avoidance of the site by visitors.

In the wake of these events, neighborhood business leaders, local elected officials and the East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA) have rallied to celebrate that the East Village is here and open for business. Nearly all businesses affected by the blast have re-opened on Second Avenue and East Sixth Street, East Seventh Street, and St. Marks Place, and regular vehicular and foot traffic has resumed.

Now is the perfect time to visit the East Village, to support the places that have been difficult to access and to find new favorites among a widely diverse retail and food landscape.

Through ‚ÄúEast Village Loves‚ÄĚ merchants, residents, and visitors can share their favorite East Village spots and the types of industries that they love most. The campaign is a celebration of the rich, diverse, and historic neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, characterized by a concentration of mom-and-pop establishments that are becoming less common throughout the city.

The campaign will have a presence at major public events associated with Lower East Side History Month in May, including the 39th Annual Ukrainian Festival from May 15th through 17th.

The campaign’s chosen slogan commemorates the vintage shop Love Saves the Day, made famous by the 1980s film Desperately Seeking Susan. The inimitable shop closed its reign at the ill-fated corner of Second Avenue and East 7th Street in 2009.

#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 is to bring attention to the plight of Mom and Pop, and to lobby state and city government to implement significant and powerful protections for small businesses and cultural institutions across the five boroughs of New York City.

The devastation has been overwhelming. Protecting what remains will require a multi-pronged approach. First steps:

‚ÄĘ To raise awareness, the #SaveNYC website gathers video and photographic testimonials from people everywhere who love New York and want to see its diverse culture and heritage protected. The group tweets and posts on Instagram with the hashtag #SaveNYC, and run a Facebook group.

‚ÄĘ The first political objective is to pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (0402-2014). This bill will make it possible for small businesses to negotiate fair lease renewals with landlords, thus stemming the tide of mass evictions and catastrophic rent hikes.

Learn more about #SaveNYC and how to get involved today

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