The EVCC works alongside our coalition partners to expand Historic Districts and Individual Landmarks protections in our community. Each of our neighborhood’s historic buildings has a story to tell.
The East 10th Street Historic District
The East Village / LES Historic District
In a city of incessant reinvention, it is rare to find blocks that have remained relatively intact from the time they were built. Designation as an Historic District by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission offers these streetscapes and buildings the best protection from inappropriate alteration, demolition, and out of scale development. Read more from the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.
The LPC designated the East 10th Street Historic District on January 17, 2012. Read the Designation Report. This was the first historic district designation in the neighborhood since the St. Mark’s Historic District in 1969! Designation Report.
In October 2012, the LPC designated the East Village / Lower East Side Historic District, which runs along Second Avenue from 2nd Street to St. Mark’s Place, and on East 6th and 7th Streets from First Avenue to Avenue A. Designation Report.
Congregation Meseritz Synagogue
In August of 2008, the EVCC joined with community groups to preserve this historic 1910 “tenement synagogue” on East Sixth Street. The Meseritz Synagogue is included in the LES / East Village Historic District.
A condominium deal allowed the building to survive, with the congregation on the ground floor and basement level. Two of the apartments on the upper floors feature the synagogue’s original stained glass windows, and one also has an original door as part of a living room wall.
St. Brigid’s Church
This historic church on Avenue B and East 8th Street was built by Irish shipwrights in 1848. A structural crack forced the main church to close in 2001. Demolition began in 2006, but the process was stopped and delayed by a series of court decisions. In May 2008, the Archdiocese of New York announced that it had received a $20 million donation to the St. Brigid’s Parish and School. The Archdiocese restored the building and reopened St. Brigid – St Emeric Church in January 2013.
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 ensuring the future of this treasure.
Art by Dave McCutcheon.
Old P.S. 64 / CHARAS / El Bohio
The EVCC joined with neighbors, community groups and elected officials to save Old P.S. 64 from the wrecking ball and development as a high-rise tower. The EVCC initiated and led the effort to landmark this one-time public school at 605 E 9th Street. After three years of dedicated community effort, P.S. 64, the former CHARAS / El Bohio Community Center, was designated as an Individual Landmark on June 20, 2006 and confirmed by the City Council on September 15, 2006. Designation Report.
- Read Roland Legiardi-Laura’s 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The East Village Merchants Association Launches “East Village Loves”, A Campaign To Support Merchants Affected By The East Village Blast “East Village Loves” 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 “East Village Loves,” a campaign created to highlight local ... Read More