SoHo NoHo Rezoning

De Blasio’s Rezoning of SoHo/NoHo Becomes Lame Duck Race to Occupy Community Voice

Last modified September 9, 2021 at 11:13 am

When opponents of the SoHo rezoning staged a protest rally outside Manhattan Borough President’s Gale Brewer’s office, Democratic nominee for city council, Chris Marte, took to the megaphone with a rallying cry urging Brewer to “vote no.” As previously reported, Brewer didn’t conclusively say “no.” But she didn’t approve the rezoning application, either. Brewer eventually […]

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BP Brewer Keeps Residents in Suspense as City Pushes Ahead with SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Last modified September 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm

Opponents of the City’s SoHo NoHo Neighborhood Plan descended upon City Planning  Commission headquarters yesterday, rallying outside 120 Broadway before testifying against the de Blasio administration’s last minute effort to rezone SoHo, NoHo, and parts of Chinatown and Little Italy. Anticipating crowds, CPC secured two overflow rooms to provide safe,  in-person testimony. In the end, though, subway […]

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BP Brewer Meets Community Resistance at SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearing

Last modified August 25, 2021 at 10:31 am

Borough President Gale Brewer is now in the hot seat with the city’s public review process churning onward for the controversial rezoning of SoHo, NoHo and parts of Chinatown (not to mention what’s left of Little Italy). To that end, Brewer held a virtual hearing on the subject via Zoom and Facebook just three days […]

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CB2 Rejects ‘Mayor’s SoHo Rezoning Plan’ with Scathing Resolution

Last modified July 27, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Last night, Community Board 2 overwhelmingly voted to reject what it called the “Mayor’s Plan” to rezone “SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown.” In a bold lead statement, CB2’s SoHo NoHo Working Group released a resolution that rejected the rezoning proposal as follows: “The proposed SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown rezoning fails to achieve affordable housing goals and […]

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Judge Denies City’s Motion to Dismiss Community Lawsuit in SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Posted June 9, 2021 at 5:02 am

The New York State Supreme Court last week denied the city’s motion to dismiss the ongoing community lawsuit over the controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning plan. Apparently, the city’s handling of the public review portion of the procedure was cause for concern. As previously reported, SoHo Alliance and Broadway Residents Coalition together sued the city in April, […]

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So Long SoHo, Hello Mega-SoHo

Last modified June 7, 2021 at 8:27 pm

The public review process has begun on the city’s downtown rezoning effort, now dubbed the “SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan.” If you, like many residents, haven’t checked back into these plans amidst the pandemic, now is certainly the time! While the initial strategy detailed by the Envision Soho/NoHo Report focused on retail permits and overall quality of […]

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City Planning Certifies Controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan

Posted May 18, 2021 at 5:00 am

After more than two years of planning (and missteps with the community), the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo is moving forward. The City Planning Commission yesterday certified the application to rezone these contiguous neighborhoods, kickstarting the tedious public land-use review process (ULURP). The proposed changes to update the 1970s-era zoning would apply to roughly 56 […]

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Chinatown, SoHo, and NoHo Stand in Protest Against City’s Proposed Rezoning

Last modified May 14, 2021 at 5:40 pm

Chinatown finds itself caught in a squeeze play with mega-towers set to loom over the Two Bridges neighborhood to its east and the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo to the west. As it turns out, Mayor de Blasio’s 11th-hour rezoning plan for the city’s historic districts will also include large swaths of Chinatown. Yesterday, a […]

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City Postpones Certification of Controversial SoHo/NoHo Rezoning

Last modified May 6, 2021 at 9:45 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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Chinatown, LES, SoHo and NoHo Unite Against the City’s Agenda for Luxury Development [OP-ED]

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

The following editorial was co-written by the Chinatown Working Group and Village Preservation. The Chinatown Working Group, representing communities of Chinatown and the Lower East Side, stands together with SoHo and NoHo communities to oppose the City’s development agenda and its displacement consequences. The City’s proposed SoHo/NoHo Rezoning and rejection of community-led plans like the […]

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