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

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“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 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 “East Village Loves” 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:

• 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.

• 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

3/5: Solutions to Save Small Businesses: A Community Forum

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
Thursday March 5th, 7pm – 9pm; Doors open 6:30pm

Join neighbors, local business people, and a panel of experts to save and protect the small businesses that are the lifeblood of our community. 

The City Council on January 22, introduced a new resolution calling upon Albany to pass legislation establishing a property tax credit for commercial landlords who voluntarily limit rent increases upon renewal. Only landlords who “volunteer” to participate will be given tax breaks as incentives to not rent gouge tenants. The opposite option, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, (S.B.J.S.A.). regulates the lease renewal process by giving rights to business owners equal to landlords to negotiate fair lease terms, and the right to 10 year leases. If both parties can not mutually agree on lease terms, the bill calls for Arbitration.

Which of these is the best solution? Or is there a better solution?

Landlords now have all the rights, rights to determine the destiny of owners, their workers, and the destiny of the character and culture of an entire community. Because the gateway to the American Dream has been locked, the key freely handed to big Real Estate, many feel it is time to throw a ‘life line’ and ‘empower’ our struggling small businesses now drowning in a sea of greed.

Panelists:

Sung Soo Kim – Former Chair: Mayor’ Small Business Advisory Board
Alfred Placeres – Founder, NYS Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Jenny Dubnau – Spokesperson for The Artist Studio Affordability Project
Jack Segan – Community Affairs Representative for Jetro Foods
Robert Perl – President of Tower Brokerage
Mark Crispin Miller – Professor of Media Studies; Critic of NYU overdevelopment

Moderated by Lincoln Anderson, The Villager Editor-in-Chief

 

Sponsored by The Villager and Village Independent Democrats

Visit TheVillager.com and VillageDemocrats.org for details

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, especially park advocates, are awaiting a verdict that could have massive ramifications on the way that the City and the State deal with public parks in the future.

On October 14th, the Appellate Division’s First Department overturned a lower court’s decision that would have spared three parks—Mercer Playground, LaGuardia Park and LaGuardia Corner Gardens—from destruction under NYU’s current expansion plan. According to the lower court’s ruling, all three strips are public parks, and therefore entitled to protection, since the public has been using them as parks for many years, making them “implied” parkland, with the City funding, labeling and maintaining them as parks.

NYU and the City counter-argued that those parks aren’t really parks, since they were never “mapped” as parks (a bureaucratic technicality), and are nominally overseen by the City’s Department of Transportation. The First Department’s decision would allow NYU to raze those treasured parks to make way for its vast expansion plan, and set a precedent that could potentially threaten countless public parks throughout the City and the State.

Petitioners, NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Historic Districts Council, Washington Square Village Tenants’ Association, East Village Community Coalition, Friends of Petrosino Square, LaGuardia Corner Gardens, Inc., Lower Manhattan Neighbors’ Organization, SoHo Alliance, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, NoHo Neighborhood Association, Assembly Member Deborah Glick and 10 other individuals, are represented on a pro bono basis by the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, with Randy Mastro as lead attorney.

Their motion papers make clear that “the First Department’s decision disregarded well-established common law principles for determining when municipal land has been impliedly dedicated for parks usage. In recognition of the unique value that public parks hold for children, families, and communities, the Public Trust Doctrine accords parkland special protection.”

The petitioners are asking the Court of Appeals to consider two issues: that the First Department’s decision actually conflicts with prior appellate court decisions, and prior decisions by the Court of Appeals itself, about this kind of “implied” parkland, and that the First Department’s decision, if left intact, will have the effect of abolishing implied dedication—a consequence with widespread negative effects, not just in New York City, but throughout the State.

Parks and open spaces are protected by the Public Trust Doctrine, which maintains that the government holds the titles to certain waters and lands in trust for the people. In New York State, if an entity wishes to develop or remove a parcel of parkland from public ownership and use, it must follow a legal process called “alienation,” which, among other conditions, requires approval from the state Legislature. This was not done in the case of the Village parks that NYU wants to destroy for its ill-advised expansion plan. The First Department’s decision flies in the face of this doctrine and of its own decisions, and would imperil all kinds of public and green spaces throughout the state; it would leave ordinary New Yorkers with no protection against the removal and abuse of open spaces and parks for development.

City issues permits for restoration work at P.S. 64

Since receiving the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s blessing in 2013, Gregg Singer may finally be moving forward with restoration work at former P.S. 64/ CHARAS – El Bohio. The landmarked school building has been vacant following the eviction of the former tenants of El Bohio led by CHARAS in 2001. The City reversed its short-lived approval for plans to convert the building into a multi-school “dormitory” this past September.

The project’s future is uncertain, but the exterior work may begin soon. The owner got the okay from Landmarks more than a year ago to perform restorative work to replace damaged architectural details and to install new windows. Two permits from the Department of Buildings issued in January allow for repairs to the dormers, mansard roof, roofing, and the facade. LPC also supported alterations to carve along the edges of the raised courtyards to create windows at ground level for dorm rooms. It does not appear that the permits issued allow for this component of the work.

While the permits are dated 2015, the owner set the start date for the work in August, prior to the project’s approval and subsequent Stop Work Order. The DOB maintains its objections to the dormitory plan, which Singer will need to resolve before moving forward with any interior work. We support the City’s objections to the project as presented and maintain that a dormitory is an improper use for the site.

Old P.S 64 has endured several major weather events while unsealed including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. The condition of the building is not entirely due to wear-and-tear; at the time of landmarks designation, many architectural details suffered damage by the workers. Facade and architectural restoration work is welcome if it will protect this historic neighborhood gem. We will watch to see if, after years of decay, some restorative work begins here.

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Petition: Establish a Community Gardens District in Community Board 3

Petitioning the City Of New York to
Establish a Community Gardens District that includes all community gardens within Community Board 3, and map and designate these gardens as parklands.

On January 15th, the CB3 Parks Committee unanimously passed a resolution in support of establishing a Community Gardens District. The full board will vote at their monthly item on Thursday, January 29th at University Settlement, Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street (btwn Rivington & Delancey Sts). Supporters of the district are encouraged to attend.

Community Board 3 (CB3) is the birthplace of community gardens in New York City and New York State. In 1973, the first garden was established in CB3 by local activists who worked to reverse years of decline and neglect by public and private property owners.

At one time, there were fifty-seven registered community gardens in CB3, and dozens more operating independently. As the neighborhood evolved, however, numerous gardens were bulldozed as development proceeded.

Today, there are still forty-six community gardens located in CB3 – the highest density in New York City. Community Board 3 has been strengthened by the history of its community gardens, which provide environmental, cultural, aesthetic, ecological, economic, and artistic benefits to this community, and more.

While gardens located on City-owned lots are of indisputable value, they unfortunately are not permanent. We are asking that all community gardens in CB3 be mapped and designated as parklands by the City of New York, designated a special Community Gardens District, and continue to be managed by community-based volunteers.

Sign the petition to show your support.

Holiday Card Campaign: Ask for the return of our community center

3-kings-day-flyerHOLIDAY CARD CAMPAIGN DELIVERY!

SOCCC-64 (SAVE OUR COMMUNITY CENTER former CHARAS/El BOHIO P.S. 64) is writing & collecting personalized holiday cards to ask Mayor De Blasio to return our community center! Make your own card or use the downloadable template — just add your name and address!

Then…

JOIN US with the Three Kings and their camels

TO DELIVER our cards to the mayor

WHEN:
Three Kings Day – Tuesday, January 6, 2015

SCHEDULE:
If it’s 40 degrees or above…
12:00 noon – Meet at 605 East 9th Street (btwn Aves. B & C)
12:30 p.m. – March or Take Public Transportation to City Hall

And/Or
1:30 p.m. – Meet Us at City Hall Plaza

NOTE: If it is too cold or wet, below 40 degrees…we will not march to City Hall
Gather at City Hall Plaza (across from the Brooklyn Bridge) at 1:30 pm

12/18 East Village Holiday Shopping Night

Featured items: dress & clutch, FlyDove; postcards, Pink Olive; felted wool & silk scarf, Gallery Vercon; historic map, Pageant Print Shop; gift card, Russian & Turkish Baths; child's dress, Jane's Exchange; gift bag, Parlor; silver necklace, Rena REBORN; gold necklaces, Shape of Lies; gold earrings & Incense, Cloak & Dagger Photographer: Adolfo Vargas Stylist: Laura Sewell
Featured Items: dress & clutch, FlyDove; postcards, Pink Olive; felted wool & silk scarf, Gallery Vercon; historic map, Pageant Print Shop; gift card, Russian & Turkish Baths; child’s dress, Jane’s Exchange; gift bag, Parlor; silver necklace, Rena REBORN; gold necklaces, Shape of Lies; gold earrings & incense, Cloak & Dagger
Photographer: Adolfo Vargas    Stylist: Laura Sewell

Thursday, December 18th, 6-9pm

Join the East Village Independent Merchant Association for an evening of special offers.
Stop by EVCC from 6-10pm to meet neighbors, participate in our toy drive to benefit the Women’s Prison Association and enjoy holiday treats.

Participating East Village Merchants

 

Butter Lane Bakery

123 E 7th St
(212) 677-2880
www.butterlane.com

Butter Lane Bakery specializes in making the best cupcake with local and quality ingredients. This is the cupcake for “grown ups.” A beautiful, delicious treat for every holiday.

20% off all items for walk in customers

CADET

305 E 9th St
646-633-4560
www.cadetusa.com

CADET is Brooklyn-based men’s apparel company and store, taking inspiration of the great military academies of the USA. All garments are designed and produced by CADET in Bushwick.

20% discount

Chinese Hawaiian Kenpo Academy

34 Avenue A, 2nd Floor
646-692-6155
www.chka.org

Shamburger’s CHKA is the premier downtown martial arts school, training adults & kids in Kenpo Karate & Kickboxing for over 20 years in the East Village. Open 7 days a week. All classes are open to beginners!

Free drop-in martial arts classes at 6pm, 7 pm and 8 pm for first-time martial arts students only. Mention EVIMA for a free month of classes.  Be sure to wear or bring easy to move in clothes.

Clayworks Pottery

332 E 9th St
212-677-8311
www.clayworkspottery.com

For 40 years, Clayworks Pottery has been an East Village presence, providing finely crafted stoneware and porcelain for kitchen, tabletop and home decor. Vibrant, original, eminently useful mugs, plates, bowls, teapots, vases, goblets, espresso cups, pitchers and so much more wait here to delight the eye, entice the hand and warm the heart for the holidays and after.

Cloak & Dagger

334 East 9th Street
212-673-0500
www.CloakAndDaggerNyc.com

Our store has been voted “most great stuff per square foot” in many best of NYC shopping guides. All price points are available at Cloak & Dagger but you’ll look like you’ve spent a million bucks!

10% off store wide + complimentary spiked cider and eggnog

Dinosaur Hill

306 E 9th St
(212) 473-5850
www.dinosaurhill.com

Dinosaur Hill is a 30 year old store specializing in ‘Handmade Wonderments, Toys, Clothes and Gifts.” We are here to help you choose the very best thing you can find for friends, family, and …yourself.

If you sing a verse of your favorite song (or Row, Row, Row Your Boat), you will receive a 10% discount
May have items suitable for WPA Teen Gift Drive

 

 

Dorian Grey Gallery

437 E 9th St
(516) 244-4126
www.doriangreygallery.com

Dorian Grey Gallery celebrates the artistic history our neighborhood, carrying on to the present and future with a special emphasis on works by artists and subject matter from the East Village. Visit us to learn about, enjoy and collect works celebrating our neighborhood’s rich artistic legacy.

Original limited edition poster from artist John “Crash” Matos with every purchase above $200

Duo

337 E 9th St
(212) 777-7044
www.duonyc.com

Wendy and LaRae Kangas are the sisters behind the petite East Village boutique, duo nyc, which features vintage + modern clothing and accessories. Their aim is to introduce emerging independent designers and to provide a well-edited vintage selection. “We want duo nyc to be an inviting place for our clients and to express our own vision by filling our shop with pieces that are timeless and modern.”

20% off storewide + complementary drinks
May have items suitable for WPA Teen Gift Drive

 

 

Dusty Buttons

441 E 9th St
(212) 673-4039
www.dustybuttons.com

Dusty Buttons carries vintage and new US made or Fair Trade Certified dresses. Our heart is with the 1940s and 1950s so there is a definite nod to that era. We also carry new European footwear, a gal can never have to many beautiful comfortable shoes!

10% off store wide + refreshments and sweets

Exit 9

51 Avenue A
(212) 228-0145
www.shopexit9.com

The Exit9 mission is to put a little fun, joy, diversity and diversion into daily life while adding flavor to the neighborhood. We hope you’ll find our creative selection of gifts and novelties fun. And every morning when we unlock and roll up the steel gates we know that, along with our fellow small businesses nearby, we are keeping up the vibe.

15% off all items (including those already on sale!)
Suggestions for WPA donation: hats, gloves, t-shirts, jewelry, wallets, handbags

FlyDove

197 E 7th St
(212) 300-4370
www.flydovenyc.com

Fly Dove NYC is a fashion style brand and boutique retail concept for the sophisticated, fashion conscious shopper seeking on trend women’s fashions with a bit of urban edge.

15% off entire purchase + hot chocolate, tea and cookies
May have items suitable for WPA Teen Gift Drive

 

 

Gallery Vercon

332 E 9th St
(212) 473-0506
www.gallery-vercon.com

Gallery Vercon features contemporary women’s clothing and accessories ranging from hats to scarves to locally designed jewelry. Unique materials and designs make this eclectic boutique an East Village must-see.

10% + 15% off select purchases

The Girls Club

402 E 8th St.
(212) 982-1633
www.girlsclub.org

The Lower East Side Girls Club provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world.

Organic Hand Dipped Chocolate Pretzels with each order of $35.00

GOAT-MILK Kidwear

523 E 12th St
(212) 500-1437
www.goatmilknyc.com

GOAT-MILK Kidware is a brand of basics for babies and kids. All our garments are made of 100% organic cotton. The line is made up of unique and simple pieces like thermal tops and bottoms and includes onesies, underwear and tank tops.

20% off all purchases

Jane’s Exchange

191 E 3rd St.
212-677-0380
www.Janesexchangenyc.com

Thanks to an interesting and diverse population of consignors, we have an extraordinary and always changing selection of clothing and toys.

Sweet treats available
May have items suitable for WPA Teen Gift Drive

La Sirena

27 E 3rd St
212-780-9113
www.lasirenanyc.com

La Sirena is a Mexican folk art shop in NYC .We are known for fun, unique, traditional marketplace merchandise to collectible folk art from artisans of many regions of Mexico.

Traditional Mexican calendar with purchase
May have items suitable for WPA Teen Gift Drive

Love Shine

543 E. 6th
212-387-0935
www.loveshinenyc.com

For over 16 years, Love Shine has been been making cool and eclectic bags that are both stylish and durable. Locally produced by hand, our canvas bags (adorned with a variety of ribbon trimmed images) can be seen all around city.

20% discount store wide + refreshments. Open till 9:30 p.m.

Parlor

102 Avenue B
(212) 673-5520
www.parlorhairsalon.com

Parlor offers the elevated craft of hairdressing with a variety of specialties in all hair textures. Guiding you through superior customer service, utlizing the most current methods and trends we transform your image to where you want it to be.

Drop in and request a facial or make an appointment, and receive a complimentary lip saver.

Pageant Print Shop

69 E 4th St.
(212) 674-5296
www.pageantbooks.com
 

Pageant Print Shop sells 15-20th century original maps and prints. Constantly changing stock. Unique, yet affordable. New York City a specialty!

10% discount

Physical GraffiTea

96 St Marks Place
212-477-7334
www.physicalgraffitea.com

Physical GraffiTea sells organic loose leaf teas and herbs by the ounce as well as tea pots and accessories. We also offer drinks to stay or to go, including hot or iced teas, lattes, matcha, and Kombucha on tap. We believe in using tea and herbs to support health and happiness in one’s life. We are located in the ground floor retail space of the historic “Physical Graffiti” buildings that graced the cover of the Led Zeppelin album of the same name.

In-store tea samplings

Pink Olive

439 East 9th St
212-780-0036
www.pinkolive.com

Pink Olive is a whimsical gift shop for happiness and home. We make gift-giving fun, easy and attainable for little ones to loved ones.

Spend $25 or more between 6-9pm and get a free holiday stickers and labels pack ($10 value).
May have items suitable for WPA Teen Gift Drive

rena REBORN

117 E. 7th St
212-253-2595
www.renareborn.com

Working gals on a budget and trendsetters seeking one-of-a-kind pieces will find seriously cheap garb at this modern and vintage women’s clothing, shoes and accessories boutique.

50% off all clothing
May have items suitable for WPA Teen Gift Drive

Russian & Turkish Baths

268 E 10th St.
212-505-0665
www.russianturkishbaths.com

The Russian & Turkish Baths is a 120 year old spa located in the East Village. Our facilities include 5 saunas and steam rooms, cold pool, roof deck and restaurant.

$10 off admission, $25 admission and 20% off services

Shape of Lies

127 E 7th St
(212) 533-5920
www.shapeoflies.com

 

The Shape of Lies is 98% pure Manhattan. We showcase small artists producing locally and offer unique designs & signature pieces. Opened in 1979 we’re now one of the last Mom & Pop live work storefronts in the East Village.  As our neighbors know; when the lights on you can always knock for gifting emergencies….we live in the back!

Stop in and bring your coupon. OPEN 12 to 9 every day till Christmas.  Shop 24/7 at ShapeOfLies.com

SantaPeggy$5.00

Swing Salon

280 E 10th St
212.677.2008
http://www.swingorganicsalon.com/

We care about your hair and your well-being. Join us in our cozy, clean-air salon.  Step inside, take a deep breath, and you instantly know you’re in a special place.

Discount for new customers

East Village Community Coalition

143 Avenue B
(212) 979-2344
www.evccnyc.org

Doors open until 10pm! Take a shopping break to meet neighbors, participate in our toy drive to benefit the Women’s Prison Association and enjoy holiday treats.

Plan to remove buildings from LPC’s calendar dropped

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Nearly one hundred potential landmarks are protected after the Landmarks Preservation Commission withdrew its proposal to remove these buildings from its calendar for consideration. The vote planned for this week would have unilaterally “de-calendared” buildings in all five boroughs, leaving them open to alteration or demolition without review.

In the East Village, 138 Second Avenue is among the buildings that could have lost this crucial protective status. This 19th-century federal-style home was declared worthy of consideration in 2009. Without a vote in October, the neighborhood’s newest designated landmark Tifereth Israel would have also been removed from LPC’s calendar for consideration. The community achieved a swift victory in part because the building, calendared in 1966, was immediately eligible for a hearing and designation.

Former commissioners found the buildings on the list worthy of LPC’s consideration. If de-calendared, each building would need to be calendared again – a required step in the landmarks process – before coming before today’s commission for designation.

The LPC also drew criticism for failing to schedule public review of the controversial plan. We are grateful to be a part of a preservation community that created the awareness that successfully ended the proposal. We urge the LPC to dedicate its resources to hearing these structures individually for designation.