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Zara Looks to Legalize its Oversized SoHo Flagship Store

Posted October 16, 2019 at 5:07 am

The flagship Zara store on Broadway is hoping to legalize its SoHo footprint by altering the current zoning. Zara, which purchased the commercial condo at 503 Broadway in 2015 for $284 million, occupies a much larger footprint than what is permitted under the current zoning. (Former location of Old Navy from 1998 to 2015.) Once […]

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Will the Mandated Storefront Vacancy Database Solve High Rent Blight?

Posted August 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

City Council last month passed a bill that would require all business owners to register their storefronts with the city. This move toward cataloging aims to be the first public database of retail spaces with corresponding vacancy status in the country. “Int. No. 1472” was introduced earlier this year by the office of Borough President […]

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Report: LES Man Sold $16K of Drugs to Undercover Cop in Union Square Stores

Posted June 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

A Lower East Side man was arraigned yesterday on charges of selling cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in the chain eateries around Union Square. Anthony Morales, 49, is accused of peddling upwards of $16,000 worth of drugs to an undercover cop at Chipotle, McDonald’s, Au Bon Pain, and Food Emporium. He’s charged with criminal sale of […]

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If You’re Still Confused About SoHo/NoHo Rezoning, Tomorrow’s CB2 Meeting is for You

Posted April 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

If you’re still confused or frustrated by the city’s SoHo/NoHo Community Planning Process, Community Board 2 is providing residents a chance to pose questions and voice their opinions on the potential rezoning of the historic districts. The advisory body’s Land-Use committee is tasked with the complex and overlapping issues of zoning and special permits in […]

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Community Groups Unite to Protect Character of SoHo-NoHo Amid Rezoning Push

Posted March 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

Mere days after the latest public workshop dedicated to “exploring” the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo, a new coalition of grassroots community groups has emerged. Dubbed the “Save SoHo-NoHo Coalition,” the goal is to advocate on behalf of residents and protect the neighborhood character (what’s left of it). Participants include the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, […]

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The Past Still Very Present in SoHo as Planning Process Seeks a Future

Last modified March 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer opened the second public meeting for the SoHo NoHo Plan with this brutally honest admission, setting a new tone for the participatory workshops: “I do think that the first public event sucked and we learned many lessons.”  Motivated largely by fear of displacement, residents from the affected areas returned for […]

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Chaotic SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Meeting Leaves Locals Guessing

Last modified February 8, 2019 at 10:36 am

Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer together just launched a plan to examine the unique zoning of SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods. Be afraid; real estate speculation can’t be too far behind. The official mission statement of this politically-charged endeavor expresses how the process is meant to “examine key land […]

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12th Annual ‘Dance Parade’ Tomorrow Celebrates Repeal of Cabaret Law

Posted May 18, 2018 at 5:06 am

The 12th annual Dance Parade happens tomorrow, and will move down Broadway through the Lower East Side. Theme this year is “The Cabaret of Life,” which celebrates the repeal of the city’s cabaret law last fall. Roughly 10,000 dancers are expected in the procession to honor the end of the 91-year-old prohibition. This year’s theme, […]

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Times Square NYPD Substation Demolished Ahead of Glossy Makeover

Posted April 12, 2018 at 5:09 am

Nothing antiquated lasts in Times Square. The longtime NYPD bunker in the heart of the crossroads – which heretofore included a single jail cell and police lockers – is amidst demolition ahead of a complete makeover. A wrecking crew is currently disposing of the one-story brick box. Gone are the “New York Police Dept” neons; […]

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‘Casper’ Mattress Company Replaces Stereo Exchange After 30 Years on Broadway

Last modified November 22, 2017 at 11:18 am

Stereo Exchange, the decades-old audiophile retailer, was forced from its longtime NoHo perch back in March. It had been at 627 Broadway since 1988, four years after the Wasserman family founded the business. (The store was originally called David’s Audio.) The mom-and-pop first downsized to a smaller loft location in Cooper Square that was appointment […]

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