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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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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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