Join Together

If you're sick of watching New York City vanish and think you've got the chutzpah to do something about it, come to #‎SaveNYC's third Happy Hour Social and have drinks with your fellow community activists. Mix, mingle, and exchange ideas at long-standing Brooklyn staple, Cafe Steinhof (once called "the community center of the South Slope"). Help plan upcoming events and actions. Get involved!

Tuesday, April 5th at 6PM
Cafe Steinhof, 422 7th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn

Let's Get Mad!

It's just about spring in NYC and #‎SaveNYC is getting ready for a new season of meeting, greeting, and sharing ideas for taking action to raise awareness and fight for the city's small businesses and cultural institutions.

Winter was tough on our small businesses. Now that the weather is getting better, let's get out there and take action. What do you want to see done? A party or a protest? A cash mob for your favorite struggling business? A cultural event like a reading or art show? You conceive it, put it out to our Facebook group for discussion and networking, and let's make it happen together.

#SaveNYC needs more photos and videos for our main site, and we want to see our sign all over town. We'll be putting out that call to action soon, so think of where you want to see our signs hanging, and what businesspeople you want to feature on film.

Let's get mad, take action, and #SaveNYC!

Text and photo by Jeremiah Moss

Save Our Supermarket!

"This supermarket is an important source of affordable groceries for the residents
of Chelsea and Greenwich Village. Join us on Sunday as we call on the landlord to
negotiate in good faith and preserve a vital source of affordable groceries."

Stand in solidarity with residents of Chelsea and Greenwich Village in their fight to save the Associated Supermarket this Sunday, March 13th at 255 West 14th Street. Bring your #SaveNYC signs and remind those in power that the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (File #: Int 0402-2014) is the only legislation which will give businesses a real fighting chance against gluttonous landlords and developers!

Irresponsible Development

"It's outrageous that this work would be done, particularly with no permits. The building is 
historic, it's beautiful and it should be saved." -Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC City Council

The Elks Lodge on 44th Drive in Long Island City, Queens was built in 1907. It is an architecturally distinctive structure in a quickly homogenizing area and represents a part of LIC that is being swept away by the rapid development. It was recently discovered that the building was sold off to developer ‎Alwest Equities and slated for demolition in order to make way for new condominiums. The development of a neighborhood requires a vision for a future that plans responsibly and sustainably; but it also requires respect for its past and protections for its community. The Elks Lodge represents a cornerstone of that past, and can easily be repurposed to serve the community into the future.

From the extreme stress placed on the transit system and the shortage of schools to protection for the arts and lack of a community center, the protection of the Elks Lodge is the key to a larger conversation about development decisions that include the interests of the community — not just the interests of wealthy developers who see the neighborhood in $$$/sq ft. Many Long Island City (and Queens overall) residents oppose the planned demolition and immediately took action. The community called for an emergency meeting, put together a petition, and contacted local councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer. Yesterday, the police shut down the demolition. NYC Department of Buildings was on site because it turns out no permits were issued, and the developer was setting up illegally, removing parts of the facade without any protection to pedestrians or workers.

For more information on how to help, email the Court Square Civic Association

Photography by Orestes Gonzalez © 2016

This Is New York

"There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it
is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans." -Jane Jacobs

#SaveNYC is very honored to receive the award for 'Outstanding Achievement In Support of NYC Preservation' at this year's The Guides Association of New York City's GANYC Apple Awards. The awards ceremony was held on Monday, March 7th at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space. GANYC honored thirteen organizations and people with 2016 Apple Awards for encouraging and promoting NYC tourism, culture and preservation while supporting the work and contributions of professional tourist guides.