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City Postpones Certification of Controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Posted May 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

Monday afternoon, the City postponed its vote to certify the Mayor’s proposed SoHo/NoHo (and Chinatown) rezoning, with no new date given. The sudden action came on the heels of the New York Supreme Court denial of a restraining order to stop same. Several neighborhood groups had sued the city on Friday to halt the controversial […]

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Confirmed: Pearl River Mart Opening this Spring

Posted February 22, 2021 at 5:01 am

Pearl River Mart will be returning to SoHo, as first reported here Friday morning. Corporate responded with an official announcement on its website, stating that this flagship store is in fact underway. Ownership relays that buildout is ongoing, with launch likely in a “few months.” Springtime. “It is painfully ironic that due to the realities […]

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Pearl River Mart Secures New Flagship on Broadway

Posted February 19, 2021 at 5:01 am

Bounced from its Tribeca headquarters earlier this year, Pearl River Mart is ready for another comeback, public records show. Department of Buildings filings indicate that the Chinese home goods store will return to Broadway, this time a couple blocks north, closer to Grand Street. The space appears to be the 6,000 square-foot former Roozee Australia at […]

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Bleecker Street Bar Plots Comeback with Upscale Broadway Reboot

Posted January 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Four months after Bleecker Street Bar closed down for good, an unexpected twist. Ownership now plans an upscale comeback just a couple blocks away. The thirty-year-old NoHo dive was forced from its namesake street at the end of August due to pandemic-related restrictions and an apparent impasse over rent. But Bleecker Street Bar found a […]

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Pearl River Mart to Close its Flagship in the New Year

Posted December 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

The iconic Pearl River Mart is again a refugee. This time, chased from its three-year-old Tribeca flagship. The store, founded in SoHo in 1971 by husband-wife team Ching Yeh and Ming Yi Chen, will close “sometime at the beginning of the new year.” Cause of closure is the one-two punch of coronavirus and an unforgiving […]

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Inside SoHo’s Frozen Zone: Plywood, Protests, and Paint

Last modified November 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm

On the day after the election, a few locals drinking outside of Fanelli Cafe on Prince Street could be heard debating the reason why SoHo was once again boarded up. One man insisted that the city was headed for another Covid-19 outbreak, and that the stores were preparing that reality; the other man fired back […]

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The Shadow of Rezoning Looming over SoHo and NoHo

Last modified October 26, 2020 at 7:23 am

The battle lines are drawn. As Mayor de Blasio embarks on a last-minute gambit to rezone the historic districts of SoHo and NoHo before his term ends, a coalition of community groups and activists are preparing for a battle to prevent the city from pitching the proposal in the name of affordable housing under the […]

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SoHo/NoHo Rezoning – Rotten from the Core [OP-ED]

Posted October 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

The following editorial was written by Kirsten Theodos and Lynn Ellsworth of Human-Scale NYC. In January 2019 the Department of City Planning, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer held a series of public meetings with the thinly veiled goal of rezoning the adjoining, historic neighborhoods of SoHo and NoHo. To say it […]

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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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