News and Events

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Tenants of Kushner building at 170-174 E 2nd St speak out about enduring run-amok construction

Media Advisory (DOC file) | Press release (PDF file)

Press:

Village Voicehttp://bit.ly/1qcYLHc
DNAinfo: http://dnain.fo/1rTZ15d
Bedford & Boweryhttp://bit.ly/1s5Jop6

3rd Avenue Festival – 2014

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Visit our table at 10th Street, for info about tenant rights and other events and campaigns in the area, CSC-branded t-shirts and bags, and you can buy a spin on our prize wheel!

All vendor spots have already been sold. If you are a vendor, volunteer, or musician, you have been emailed any relevant information. If you would like to volunteer and have not signed up already, or if there are any issues, email Daniel at danielw@coopersquare.org or visit our table.

MHA co-op application process

Dear affordable housing seeker,
The Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association (MHA) is no longer accepting requests for applications. We (CSC) are a separate organization from the MHA. We do not own or manage any housing, and we can not provide any input on the progress of your application. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the MHA at 212-477-5340, www.csmha.org, or csmha59@gmail.com. For more affordable housing opportunities throughout NYC, click here.

Guaranteed Inclusionary Zoning Policy would create more affordable housing!

High rises in Greenpoint, where fewer affordable apartments were created than had been projected. Matthew Schuerman, for WNYC

Have you been following the great work that ANHD and City Councilmember Brad Lander have been doing around Guaranteed Inclusionary Zoning? Let’s insist that our electeds adopt this affordable housing policy! See below for press coverage:

WNYC: Report: Bloomberg Housing Policy Falls Short

PIX11: ANHD’s Barika Williams discusses proposal for seperate entrances for rich and poor tenants in luxury UWS condo

NYT: Report Finds a City Incentive Is Not Producing Enough Affordable Housing

Our Annual 3rd Avenue Festival is tomorrow!

2013 flyer

  • Shopping (including artisans from the MHA buildings!)
  • Food
  • Live Music (The Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Kim Kalesti, Bill Popp & the Tapes, Más Allá, The Fine Machines, and The JewelTones)
  • And we will have a table at 11th St, with information on tenants rights, Save the Lower East Side and CSC T-Shirts, and more.

Join us!!

Questions, call 212-228-8210 or email Steve.

Year End Highlights and Donor Appeal

As 2012 comes to a close, our community is still hurting in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The Cooper Square Committee’s office did not suffer any damage from the storm but we were without power for a week, and saw our work load quickly become backlogged upon returning.  Those needing assistance included people impacted by the storm, as well as the many low income tenants who seek our help in the normal course of events.  During the past couple of weeks, we have been working with our project partner, the Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association (MHA), and with other agencies including FEMA, to assist people displaced by the storm.  We’ve been contacted by more than 20 people who have been displaced from their homes by the storm, and we are interviewing many of them with the aim of placing at least 8 of them in temporary housing owned by the MHA as soon as possible.

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Our Annual 3rd Avenue Festival

See flyer


Tomorrow!

Sat June 16th, 11am-6pm
3rd Av from 6th – 14th Sts

(CSC table @ 11th St)


10 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FROM 4-6PM TOMORROW (Saturday)!

Call us this morning (Friday) at 212-228-8210.
Volunteers get a free T-shirt!

We will need some help breaking down a few tables and chairs and packing up our material (t-shirts, flyers, fact sheets). It’s light work, but we need some extra hands.

Food, shopping, tenant rights info at CSC table, and live music from 1-5pm (St Marks Ensemble, Kate Vargas, Filthy Rotten System, Marcel Van Dam et Paul, Dan Piccoli Trio, Michelle Fury Band, JewelTones)

Sponsored by CSC and Clearview Festival Productions. More info: 212-228-8210.

STOP MASS EVICTION PLAN – may 7th

PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY

 

17 MARKET RATE TENANTS AT 50-54-58 EAST 3RD STREET HAVE RECEIVED NOTICES FROM THEIR LANDLORD, ABART HOLDING LLC, THAT STATE THEIR LEASES WILL NOT BE RENEWED. THESE TENANTS ARE WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE SHARING APARTMENTS TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE RENTS. ACROSS THE STREET THREE YEARS AGO A LANDLORD EVICTED THE WHOLE BUILDING FOR HIS PERSONAL USE!

DATE: MONDAY, MAY 7TH 2012

TIME: 6:30 PM

PLACE: 58 EAST 3RD STREET (BTW 1ST AND 2ND AVENUE)

Facebook Event here

STOP THE EVICTIONS-SUPPORT THE TENANTS AS THEY FIGHT BACK!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL GOLES 212-533-2541 or COOPER SQUARE COMMITTEE 212-228-8210

Info Session: HUD Budget Cuts in Fiscal Year 2013

Come learn about the proposed cuts to HUD funding and how you can help protect the long-term affordability of your development.

Conducted by Tenants and Neighbors

For more information or to RSVP: Contact Katie Goldstein: 212-608-4320,ext 400 / kgoldstein@tandn.org

Where & When

Community Service Society, 105 E 22nd St (@ Park Ave.), Room 4A

Weds Apr 11, 2012, 6:30-8:30PM

Bowery Walking Tour – Sat 3/3, 1:30pm

What do. . .

Native Americans                    George Washington                     John Jacob Astor

Federal-style architecture           tap dance                  Stephen Foster              gangs of New York

streetcars          Kleindeutschland                      Peter Cooper                        

vaudeville                                    the vaudeville hook                                 Yiddish theater

Stephen Crane                               American slang                            Stanford White

Irving Berlin                                    Eddie Cantor                                      Mae West

Abstract Expressionism               Mark Rothko                                    Weegee

Beat literature                              William S. Burroughs                              Amiri Baraka

punk rock                                    the Ramones                                    Patti Smith

. . .all have in common?

Find out on the. . . Walking Tour of the Bowery

w/Architectural Historian Kerri Culhane

March 3, 2012 @ 1:30pm

Meet at Cooper Union Foundation Building

(at 7th Street)

Free!

Originally an Indian foot trail, Bowery is NYC’s oldest thoroughfare.

It was recently named to NY State Register of Historic Places.

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and Historic Districts Council are sponsoring a walking tour of the Bowery in conjunction with the Historic Districts Council’s “The Great Outside: Preserving Public and Private Open Spaces”Conference. All are welcome on the tour, which is free of charge!

Mary Spink: In Memoriam

On Sunday, January 15th, Mary Spink, who had been battling a failing liver and kidneys, died at Beth Israel Hospital. She was Executive Director of Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, an organization that renovated and built affordable housing in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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Occupy REBNY! – this Thursday

WHO: You, plus many tenants and advocates for working families 
WHAT: Protesting REBNY’s attacks on working families, weak rent laws and landlords’ outrageous demand for a quarter BILLION dollar tax break
WHEREThe NY Hilton Hotel, 53rd St. at 6th Avenue in Manhattan
WHENThursday, January 19th at 6 PM

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Benefit performance for Cooper Square Committee

On Tuesday, January 3rd, Other Side Productions will hold a benefitperformance for Cooper Square Committee, presenting “Accidentally Like a Martyr”, a gay themed comedy at Paradise Factory Theatre at 64 E. 4th St. The play by Grant James Varjas is “set in a bar populated by men from different backgrounds and generations who are once both regulars and irregular, the play depicts them at their hangout as they while away a seemingly quiet winter evening. Fueled by drinks and other stimulants, those gathered reveal secrets, open old wounds, and covet new visitors in a funny and poignant manner that is both original and reminiscent of landmark plays such as Mart Crowley’s “The Boys in the Band” and Tennessee Williams’ “Small Craft Warnings”, plays that served as touchstones for gay people then and now.” There will be a pre-FAB_TIX_horizontaltheater reception,with cocktails and appetizers, at 59-61 East 4th St., 4th floor loft at 6 pm, followed by the play at 8 pm. We have a few tickets remaining and are offering last minute tickets for $20 to our supporters.  You can purchase them by clicking on the donate button on our homepage.  The Cooper Square Committee is raising funds towards their plans, in partnership with the Ali Forney Center, to develop transitional housing for homeless LGBT youth on East 13th Street.

Actors & Activists: A Fundraiser for CSC

On Sunday, Nov. 20th, from 6 – 8 pm, we are holding an evening of one-woman shows by two actors and friends of Cooper Square.

Me’Lisa Sellers, will perform “Purple Passion: Visions of a New Violaceous World: The Story of Frances Goldin”, followed by Una Aya Osato, performing “Recess: Excerpts from the Lives of 7 Year Olds Growing Up in NYC”. The performances will benefit the Cooper Square Committee. Tickets are on a sliding scale of $20, $35 and $50, based on what you feel you can afford.

Tickets no longer available online; you can purchase them at the door.

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FAB! Festival – Sat 9/24

FAB! Festival

Our colleague Fourth Arts Block (FAB!) is holding an interactive festival on Saturday, September 24th, from 1pm-5pm. Come participate in our interactive “Go Green” project at our table in front of 61 E. 4th Street.

One event at the Festival we’d like to highlight:
Writing & Performing Your Personal Story:
A workshop in Neo-Futurism for Seniors

Also, have any ideas for interactive presentations we can do at future events? For example, at last year’s Festival, we mapped housing and income data in NYC’s neighborhoods. Let us know.

Robert Pinter v. the City of New York, Aug. 24th

ROBERT PINTER
v.
THE CITY OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK CITY UNDERCOVER POLICE
OFFICER #31107, NYC POLICE COMMISSIONER RAYMOND KELLY,
NYC MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, ET AL.
On appeal by the City of New York.
_____________________________________________________________________

Cooper Square Committee member Robert Pinter will be in Court on Wednesday, August 24th at 11 am for his lawsuit against the City of New York, and would appreciate community support in the Court room.

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2011 Annual Gala

 

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Cooper Square Committee’s Annual Gala on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Colors Restaurant, 417 Lafayette Street,

was a big success.  We raised over $22,000 from advertisements in the program journal and ticket sales.   Thanks again

to Colors Restaurant for being great hosts, to our honorees — the board, staff and building captains of the MHA — and to

the more than 100 people, including elected officials, who attended.

See the invitation here (front | inside)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silent Auction Items:


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Hats designed and made on the Lower East Side by Georgina Christ
Various types: knit fur-trimmed & metallic-knit, both with attached neck scarf, fleece, knit, cowl head wraps, evening pillbox hats, and more.

 

Available too:

Stay at Rachel’s Skytop Cottages

 

Not shown are various restaurant, lodging, and other items available.

Join Us for a Night at the Theater

The Metropolitan Playhouse (220 East 4th Street) is setting aside tickets for “One Third of a Nation” on Wednesday, May 18th at 8 pm at a group rate of $12 per ticket for members and supporters of the Cooper Square Committee. We greatly appreciate any additional donation to Cooper Square. Come see a play the NY Times calls “a compelling look at the past as well as a tale with parallels to modern struggles”, and support our work.  Written in 1938, it deals with the struggle for public housing.  You can purchase your tickets by clicking on the Donate button on our website.  Type “May 18th play” in the comment section, and we will add you to our list.  We have a limited number of tickets.  Payment must be received by Tuesday, May 17th at 4 pm.  You cannot pay at the door.

See more info about the play here.

East Village Flea Market, Saturday, May 7th

We’re sponsoring an East Village Flea Market this Saturday, May 7th, from 11 am – 6 pm between 2nd Ave. and 1st Ave., next to PS 751.  Come check out the local vendors selling jewelry, antiques, furniture, clothing, ceramics, baseball cards and other collectibles. We’re listed in Time Out New York as a critic’s pick!

http://newyork.timeout.com/shopping-style/shopping/1243533/east-village-flea-market

Membership Meeting – Wednesday 4/27!

JASA – Community Room
200 E 5th St (@ Bowery)
Weds 4/27, 6:30pm
We invite you to attend our Membership Meeting on April 27th to learn more about our 3 Year Strategic Plan and help us review how well we are implementing it. We will be giving a powerpoint presentation of our programs and services, and discussing how we can achieve our strategic goals and objectives during a time of severe budget challenges. We will be focusing on the four topics below. We welcome your input!

1) Overview of our Tenant Counseling and Organizing Program

2) Overview of our Community Development Program

3) Special Projects: Going Green, Improving Accessibility

4) Developing a New Generation of Community Leadership

If you are not a dues-paying Cooper Square member, you will be asked to pay dues for a year upon entry (only $1!). Come find out what we have planned for 2011. There will be refreshments and a 50/50 raffle. Come and get involved!