SoHo NoHo Rezoning

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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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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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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