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)


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

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



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:


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!

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!

Cooper Square Flea Market – THIS WEEKEND! / Mercado de Pulgas / 跳蚤市场


The Cooper Square Committee is hosting a Flea Market Fundraiser on Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd from 11 am to 6 pm, at 59-61 East 4th Street, in an 1,800 sq. ft. loft space.  We expect to have about 20 vendors selling jewelry, collectibles, crafts, clothing, art work, cd’s and dvd’s.

If you would like to be a vendor, we are renting tables (4 feet wide by 2 feet deep) for $25 per day. Click Donate on the right to register. (write on the 2nd screen which day(s) you want to sell on, and what you are selling)  We will be in touch with you to confirm your registration.


Anúncio en español aquí.

Alquilamos mesas por $25/día.  Haga clic en el botón Donate al lado derecho para registrarse. (escriba en la segunda página en cual(es) días quiera vender, y lo que quiera vender)  Entraremos en contacto con Ud. para confirmar su registración.  Para más información, llámenos al 212-228-8210.





(59-61 E 4th St, 4th Floor)

Cooper Square委员会主办


Rally to Strengthen our Rent Laws

Come to the Annual Conference of the

Black, Latino, & Asian Legislative Caucus in Albany

With our rent stabilization and rent control laws expiring in four months, please send a strong message to your legislators – they must preserve our rent protections for this generation and the next!

RSVP for a seat on one of the buses to Albany, free of charge:

All buses leaving at 10 AM SHARP this Saturday, February 19th!!!  The bus returns in the early evening!!!

Lower East Side

1st Ave and 1st St

Contact: 212-228-8210 / or 212-533-2541 /


Three Kings Party / Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos

Saturday, January 8, 2011 • 2:00-4:30 PM
59-61 East 4th Street, 4th floor

sábado, 8 de enero, 2011 • 2:00-4:30 PM
59-61 E de la Calle 4, 4º piso


Come see the 3 kings, games, gifts, snacks, & dancing

Venga a ver los 3 reyes magos, juegos, regalos, un refrigerio, & baile

Sponsors / Patrocinadores:
Rod Rodgers Dance Company (62 E 4th St)
& Random Accessories (77 E 4th St)

Cooper Square Holiday Flea Market

Saturday, Dec. 18th &
Sunday, Dec. 19th
11 am – 6 pm
59-61 East 4th Street, 4E

The Cooper Square Committee and the Artists Alliance, Inc. (AAI) are co-sponsoring an Indoor Pre-Holiday Flea Market in an 1,800 ft2 loft space to raise money for our non-profit organizations.  We will have a variety of vendors selling art work, crafts, jewelry, CD’s and DVD’s, and miscellaneous other items.  The flea market will be publicized in numerous online and print media publications.

Please note, as of Dec. 7th, all vendor spaces for both days have been rented.


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Membership Meeting – 9/22

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Location: JASA, 200 E. 5th Street

(Corner of the Bowery) Community Room


Come to our next membership meeting, where we will be discussing the following:

1) Announcement of nominees for our Steering Committee (aka Board). We will also be accepting nominations from the floor. The election will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6th at our office, 61 E. 4th St., 3 – 8 pm. We urge you to come out and vote!  If you would like to apply to be on the Steering Committee, click here.

2) Update about the Cooper Square MHA Offering Plan.

3) Update about CB3 Seward Park planning meetings.

4) Annual Gala on 10/25


Refreshments will be served!

See you there!


CSC Annual Gala – October 25th


Buy your tickets here!
(you will be redirected to Fourth Arts Block’s website for purchasing)

The Cooper Square Committee will be holding our Annual Gala on Monday, October 25th from 6 – 9 pm. Come join us in celebrating another year of housing justice and community organizing.  There will be food, drinks and live music.  We will be holding the event in a 4th floor loft space in our office building at 59-61 East 4th Street.  Discounted tickets are available for Cooper Square members.

  • Christian Valerio, Organizer, Cooper Square Committee
  • Tamara Greenfield, Executive Director, Fourth Arts Block
  • Valerio Orselli, Executive Director, Cooper Square Mutual Housing Association
  • Barbara Shaum, Founder of Barbara Shaum Ltd. (makers of custom leather sandals), a business on East 4th Street

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3rd Avenue Festival, Saturday, June 19th

The Cooper Square Committee is holding our annual 3rd Avenue Festival (6th St. to 14th St.) on Saturday, June 19th, 10 am to 6 pm.  There will be live performances from 1 – 5 pm, including the Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Maquina Mono, Alexa Dexa, Walking Upright, Bill Popp and the Tapes, and Daniel Weinberg.

We will be holding a Silent Auction, which ends at 5:30 pm.  We have tickets to shows at New York Theatre Workshop, La MaMa ETC, PS 122, The Museum of the American Gangster, and lots of other items and services being auctioned off, such as art work by noted neighborhood photographers and painters, an acupuncture session, computer training, music and dance lessons, Spanish tutoring, and more items to be added to the list…

If you can contribute an item to our Silent Auction (a service, dinner for two, tickets to a show, etc…), please contact Steve or Daniel at 212-228-8210.  We will list you in our Program Booklet that will be handed out at the Festival.

Cooper Square Committee Membership Meeting, April 28th


Date:  Wednesday, April 28th, 6:30 pm

Location:  29 E. 2nd Street (at 2nd Avenue)


We invite you to attend our membership meeting to participate in and support the projects we are actively involved in:

1) What is happening with the MHA Co-op Offering Plan? – Presented by Val Orselli, Cooper Square MHA

2) Update about the Section 8 Contract for 10 Stanton Street – Presenter TBD

3) CB3 Seward Park planning meetings are happening now! – Presented by Steve Herrick, Cooper Square Committee

4) What is being done to help preserve the Bowery? – Presented by David Mulkins, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors

5) Announcements: 

      a) 3rd Avenue Festival on Saturday, June 19th

      b) Rent Guidelines Board hearings:

            April 30th (tenant testimony 1 – 3 pm), 22 Reade St., Spector Hall

            May 5th – Preliminary Vote, Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (5:30 pm)

Refreshments will be served.  We strongly encourage you to attend to find out more, and get involved!

Albany Legislative Action Day, Tuesday, April 27th

Join a busload of East Village/Lower East Side tenants on Tuesday, April 27th to travel to Albany and meet with our Senators and Assemblypersons.  Let them know that tenants expect them to deliver on promises of stronger tenant protections THIS YEAR!!! 

With unemployment rates still over 10% in NYC, and market rate rents falling, rent stabilized rents should not keep going up, but they are.  Let’s get serious about reform of the rents laws: 1) Repeal the Urstadt Law in order to return Home Rule to NYC rather than let Upstate and Long Island decide the fate of 1 million NYC tenant households; 2) Repeal vacancy decrontrol.  Let’s stop the loss of rent stabilized housing upon vacancy, which has resulting in well over 100,000 apartments becoming deregulated in the past decade; 3) Stop unlimited personal use evictions.  The Senate failed to act on a bill to limit landlord personal use evictions to one apartment per building.  Let’s make it happen this year. 

These and other bills are on the agenda this year.  Come to Albany to learn more about tenants rights, and let your elected officials know how the weakening of the rent laws has impacted you. 

A free bus, courtesy of Union Local 1199, will be leaving on Tuesay, April 27th at 7 am from 1st Avenue and 1st Street.  Call Cooper Square Committee at 212-228-8210 to let us know if you will be joining us. 

NYU Open House – April 14th

NYU is holding an Open House where they will make a public presentation of their 2031 Plan. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 14th from 5:30 to 8 pm at the NYU Kimmel Center, Washington Square South and LaGuardia Place.

NYU’s expansion plans to add 6 million square feet of space to their educational buildings, including dorms. They plan to add half of that amount, 3 million square feet, in the West and East Village and immediate surrounding area over the next 20 years. This is roughly double their rate of growth over the last several decades. It is the equivalent of seventeen more of their recently completed 26-story dorms on East 12th

Street (now the tallest building in the East Village), or four and a half of the Jacob Javits Convention Center, according to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

Come to the Open House to find out more about NYU’s plans for our community and for their satellite campuses. Since many of NYU’s plans will require public approvals by City agencies, there will be opportunities for community input.

Seward Park Planning Meeting

Tuesday, April 20th at 6:30 pm

Kenton Hall (333 Bowery)

Between 2nd and 3rd Streets


Community Board 3 is hosting a facilitated discussion about development of the Seward Park sites on Tuesday, April 20th at 6:30 pm. A professional planner will guide the discussion about the sites over the next few months. We will be discussing goals and objectives, residential and community development requirements, open space and other amenities, building heights and design, and rezoning options. Area stakeholders are encouraged to attend. The Cooper Square Committee will be representing the interests of low, moderate and middle income residents.

Green Your Apartment! Workshop for MHA tenants, Weds. 3/10

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10th, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

At the Cooper Square Committee Office

61 East 4th Street ::: 212-228-8210 :::

You can save as much as a few hundred dollars per year by “greening” your apartment. Find out some easy ways that you save money by “greening” your apartment.


  • Buying florescent bulbs to save energy
  • Energy saving techniques and products
  • Making your own cleaning products

The first 15 attendees will receive 2 free fluorescent light bulbs at the end of the workshop, courtesy of Con Edison. The workshop will be in English and Spanish.

RSVP here! (MHA tenants only)