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The Brewing Turf War over Plywood Protest Art in SoHo [PHOTOS]

Last modified June 29, 2020 at 2:39 pm

A turf war is brewing in the SoHo art world. To wit, who owns the art of rebellion that ensconced the commercial plywood in the aftermath of protests and looting? SoHo looked like a toy town in pristine condition during most of the Covid-19 shutdown. For many residents, the minimalist sense of calm harkened back […]

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Melting Moment: Museum of Ice Cream Paints Black Insensitive Pink Protest Signage on Broadway

Last modified June 8, 2020 at 10:06 am

There was a sudden and abrupt change in color tone at the Museum of Ice Cream in SoHo over the weekend. That pink protest signage that had outraged locals and received swift backlash was subsequently painted black, the names of African-Americans who died from police brutality later reapplied. Yet this time without the “I SCREAM […]

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Pink Protest Signage Screams Poor Taste at the Museum of Ice Cream

Last modified June 5, 2020 at 11:50 am

When New York City begins its reopening on Monday, SoHo will be boarded up as if for a hurricane, and the streets emptier than when the COVID-19 shutdown began. Signage of the luxury retailers has also been erased by the appearance of bare plywood, Black Lives Matter graffiti, or both. But the Museum of Ice […]

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Scenes from the Looted Streets of Downtown [PHOTOS]

Last modified June 2, 2020 at 11:39 am

A weekend of violent protests and looting – fueled by the death of George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis cops – left downtown Manhattan charred and shattered. Businesses in SoHo up to Union Square were some of the hardest hit. Boogie contributor Eddie Panta was eyewitness to the smash-and-grab bedlam. Part I: The Nike Store […]

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SoHo Curbs City Council Open Streets Program

Last modified May 8, 2020 at 12:43 pm

City Council is looking ahead to a warm-weather future when Downtown starts to reopen and the pent-up energy of residents jumpstarts the streets. Hence, the reasoning behind Councilmember Carlina Rivera’s “Safe Open Streets” legislation, which aimed to create 75 miles of pedestrian plazas and protected bike lanes in all five boroughs to promote and create […]

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ZARA’s 2nd Floor Becomes Ground Zero for SoHo Rezoning Debate

Posted February 5, 2020 at 5:01 am

Spanish fast-fashion brand, ZARA, found itself on the front line of the SoHo/NoHo rezoning debate when it appeared before City Council last week for a special permit to legalize retail on the second floor of its flagship SoHo store. The apparel company has been operating a 14,000 square-foot second floor space since it opened at […]

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SoHo Suffers Identity Crisis as City Planners Push for Rebranding over Rezoning

Last modified January 20, 2020 at 11:19 am

The Scholastic Building’s auditorium in SoHo was packed to capacity with local residents, stakeholders, press, and members of city agencies last week for another public forum on the long-awaited Envision SoHo/NoHo Report Summary. The report, released to the public online just before the Thanksgiving holiday, outlines three guiding principles for any potential rezoning in the […]

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Dean & DeLuca’s SoHo Closure is Permanent

Posted October 28, 2019 at 5:04 am

Dean & DeLuca, which spent three decades on Broadway in SoHo, is no longer part of the retail landscape. This was the flagship store, and last in the city to close. Earlier this month, an ominous printout appeared on the front door of the grocer. It announced a temporary closure, and that it would “reopen […]

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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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