Working to preserve the unique vibe of the East Village. Our neighborhood is home to a diverse population; low-rise, human scale blocks; affordable buildings with historic and architectural significance; a multitude of community gardens; independent local businesses; and a tradition of expressing creative ideas and social concerns. Our retail diversity, zoning and preservation initiatives help keep the East Village special.
In March 2004, neighbors joined together to save Old P.S. 64, the CHARAS / El Bohio Community Center, from demolition and development as a 27-story “dormitory.” After three years of dedicated community effort, this cherished site achieved designation as an Individual Landmark of the City of New York.
In June 2005, the EVCC submitted a study conducted by BFJ Planning, Rezoning the East Village: A Discussion Paper to Manhattan Community Board 3. This study became a catalyst for the Lower East Side rezoning effort initiated by CB3 and the NYC Department of City Planning. The City Council approved an 111-block rezoning in November 2008.
In Autumn 2006, the EVCC introduced our first edition of the Get Local Guide to East Village Shops, promoting sustainability through neighborhood-owned stores and spotlighting Formula Retail Zoning.
In October 2007, the EVCC presented our first Kids’ Bike Ride for the Lower East Side. More than 150 kids and adults enjoyed decorating their bikes to ride the streets of the community.
The Historic Districts Council honored the EVCC with its Grassroots Preservation Award in 2007.
In Spring 2008, the EVCC commissioned the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment to explore Formula Retail Zoning for our neighborhood.