Seward Park Co-op Installs Electric Car Charging Stations

If you’ve walked past the Seward Park Co-op, along Clinton Street, lately, you might have noticed something new in the driveway. Alongside the “Connect-by-Hertz” rental station, there are two new electric car charging stations.

The co-op recently purchased four charging units (two are located in an underground parking garage), becoming part of a special program to make New York City “plug-in ready.”  The ChargePoint America Program, partially supported by federal grants, is outfitting NYC with 200 “pumps.”  Less than 20 have been installed so far.  Half of the Seward Park program was paid for through grant money.

Right now, of course, there aren’t a lot of electric cars tooling around the neighborhood. The hope is that will begin to change once the charging stations start to become more numerous across the city.  The Seward Park pumps will be available to the general public. Charging an electric car costs a lot less than paying for a tank of gas (it amounts to about 75 cents a gallon, we’re told).

Seward Park board member Michael Tumminia came up with the idea for the charging stations.  “I’m excited that the Seward Park Co-op is helping to make the Lower East Side the most plugged in neighborhood in the city,” he said. Last year, the co-op debuted “Connect-by-Hertz,” a short term car sharing service.

More Than 10,000 Visit Hester Street Fair

Photo by Pietro Filardo

So much for starting slow. The Hester Street Fair was a hit from the moment it began at 10 o’clock this morning. A ton of media exposure during the past month and a gorgeous day obviously did the trick. There were plenty of neighborhood folks turning out – but also lots of people who seldom (if ever) venture below Delancey, on the Lower/Lower East Side. On its first day, more than 10-thousand passed through the Hester Street Fair’s brand new ornamental gate to visit 60 diverse vendors. Click through to see photos from day 1.

Co-op President Discusses Views on SPURA Redevelopment

A view of the Seward Park parcels, looking south from Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

A view of the Seward Park parcels, looking south from Delancey Street. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa.

Michael Tumminia, president of the Seward Park Co-op, says 43 years is long enough to wait for redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA). In a recent interview with The Lo-Down, he acknowledged, “the Grand Street co-ops have been perceived as one of the key forces preventing development.” But Tumminia, head of Grand Street’s largest residential complex added, the Seward Park Co-op “doesn’t want to be one of the forces stopping development. We want to help get something done.”