CBJ Snyder

East Village, GVSHP, History

Development dispute over P.S. 64 in the East Village continues, two decades later

By Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Fri, July 20, 2018

PS 64, C.B.J. Snyder, CHARAS, Gregg Singer

P.S. 64  in 2013, courtesy of GVSHP

Twenty years ago, on July 20, 1998, Mayor Rudy Giuliani sold former Public School 64 on the Lower East Side, then home to the Charas-El Bohio Community and Cultural Center, to a developer, despite opposition from the building’s occupants and the surrounding community. The decision and the building remain mired in controversy to this day. Community groups and elected officials will hold a rally in front of the building at 605 East 9th Street on Friday at 6 pm to mark the 20th anniversary of the sale and to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to return the building to a community use.

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