Jimmy Carter Returns to Mascot Flats Three Decades After Renewal

This week, President Jimmy Carter will be back at “Mascot Flats,” the first building Habitat for Humanity restored in New York City through the Carter-inspired renovation initiative.

742 East 6th St. Photo: Ephemeral New York.

742 East 6th St. Photo: Ephemeral New York.

In September of 1984, he came to the dilapidated building on East 6th Street near Avenue D with a team of volunteers to begin transforming the six-story structure into a cooperative.  It was the first project of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in New York.  Thirty years later, on Thursday afternoon, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter will help Habitat for Humanity celebrate the program’s accomplishments nationwide.

According to a press release from the non-profit organization, many of the original residents still live in the 19-unit building.  Ephemeral New York wrote about the building a couple of years ago.  A 1990 film, the “Rebuilding of Mascot Flats,” is a documentary featured in the LES Heritage Film Series.