"Save Our Community Center" Town Hall
about the former CHARAS el Bohio P.S. 64
Monday, November 17 at 6:30pm
Please join GVSHP, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Community Board #3, and a coalition of community groups for a Town Hall meeting this coming Monday, November 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Casa Victoria's Community Room, 308 East 8th Street (btw. Avenues B & C). We'll be talking about how we can Save Our Community Center -- the former CHARAS el Bohio Cultural Center/old P.S. 64 at 605 East 9th Street (btw. Avenues B & C).
Our coalition won a great victory recently when we got the City to reverse a decision by the Department of Buildings allowing a sham "dorm" to be built at the old P.S. 64. But we still need to fight to return this historic, landmarked building back to the true community use it served for ma ny years when it was the CHARAS/el Bohio Center, a font of cultural and community life in the East Village and Lower East Side. In 1999 the City evicted CHARAS/el Bohio from the formerly-abandoned, city-owned building they had occupied and revived. Soon after the City sold the former P.S. 64 to a developer who has consistently sought to tear the building down, remove architectural elements, and create a "dorm-for-hire" on the site.
Each one of these plans have been stopped, and in 2006 the building was landmarked, thus ensuring the historic structure's physical preservation. Join us on Monday night as we strategize how to return the building to a true community use.