SoHo NoHo Rezoning

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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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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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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Envisioning a Future SoHo-NoHo with Mixed-Use Zoning

Last modified June 13, 2019 at 9:19 am

SoHo and NoHo residents are no doubt anxious to see if any of their input gained from four public engagements had any effect on the Department of City Planning. But those who participated shouldn’t be a surprised if tonight’s “Preliminary Presentation” of results from the Envision SoHo and NoHo Planning Process will reveal a recommendation […]

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Double-Date with Destiny for Elizabeth Street Garden and SoHo/NoHo Residents

Last modified May 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

Today, the stakes are high for both Elizabeth Street Garden advocates and residents of SoHo and NoHo. Councilmember Margaret Chin has double-booked a date with destiny. The final public hearing in the city’s land-use review process for the Haven Green senior affordable complex, set to rise seven-stories on the beloved Little Italy garden, goes before […]

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Amidst SoHo-NoHo Rezoning, Crosby Street Cardboard City Proves Need for City Planning Spotlight

Last modified April 17, 2019 at 9:44 am

Dueling photographs of a single Crosby Street stoop reveal a tale of two perspectives of life in SoHo. A sight that exposes the real need for City Planning to obtain “a 360-degree analysis that includes all points of view,” which it hopes to gain during review of the neighborhood’s zoning regulations. Back in February, the […]

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