Important Public Meeting Tonight

Public Hearing: Wednesday, January 8, 6:30-8:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:00. Get there early to sign in, get a nice seat and a speaker’s card for the public session from 7:00-8:00. Scholastic Building, 130 Mercer Street
Community Board 2 Hearing: Wednesday, January 15, 6:30 pm.  Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street

A reminder that the presentation of the long-awaited SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Study is this evening. The public will have an hour to comment.  The real-estate lobby promises to be out in force.
 
We strongly urge you to attend if you value your neighborhood and your quality-of-life.  And be sure to calendar next week’s equally important community board hearing on this issue.  The community board will present a resolution to the City based on what they hear from us next week.

Since the time each person has to speak may be short, there will likely be cards distributed for you to write down and submit your opinions and ideas for the record.  
Here are some talking points: – Expand residential use to non-artists without jeopardizing the tenancy of existing artists and seniors aging in place– Maintain the current requirement for a Special Permit for retail stores greater than 10,000 square feet, in order to protect a reasonable quality-of-life for residents

– Maintain the current limit of 5,000 square feet for restaurants and bars– Maintain the current height and bulk limits, keeping SoHo/NoHo low-rise and low-density
– Do not divide SoHo/NoHo into separate zoning subdistricts, placing troublesome uses on some blocks but not on others, dividing and conquering us
– Limit retail deliveries to between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm– Maintain the interior loading-dock requirement for retail stores in excess of 25,000 gross square-feet– Maintain current 1,200 square-foot minimum for residential loft space — no pieds-à-terre – Support tax credits for units housing “creative” industries or individuals, in order to maintain SoHo/NoHo’s heritage as a creative mecca– Study correlation between higher retail rents effectuating higher property taxes
– Explain what these two report recommendations imply:        – “wider range of compatible uses”       – “different considerations” for those parts of SoHo/NoHo that are not within Historic District boundaries

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Sincerely,Sean Sweeney
Director
SoHo Alliance
PO Box 429
New York, NY 10012
212-353-8466
info@sohoalliance.org
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Year in Review: Your Donations at Work
2019 saw victory in the SoHo Alliance’s 33-year-long campaign to reverse the iniquitous one-way toll on the Verrazano Bridge. 

Yesterday legislation authorizing the return to normal double-tolling on the bridge was signed into law in Washington.  

For four decades the SoHo Alliance filed lawsuits, staged countless demonstrations and lobbied all our elected officials to achieve this goal. 

Our successful effort will remove an incalculable number of cars from our historic streets, along with the accompanying gridlock, congestion, honking and pollution on Broome, Canal, Hudson and Varick Streets.
 
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When we learned in June that there was a legislative attempt to end the condo and coop property-tax abatement, we rallied SoHo residents to petition our state legislators to extend the tax abatements for two more years.  Our successful effort saved SoHo residents millions of dollars in burdensome taxes. 

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In January, the SoHo Alliance alerted our community to a city-sponsored study to rezone SoHo/NoHo.
 
Hundreds of us packed a half dozen public meetings – to the surprise of the politicians.  
Our members served on a special Envision SoHo/NoHo Advisory Group, reminding our officials that people actually live here and are serious about protecting our neighborhood, our homes and our investments from a speculative real-estate takeover.  

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This year saw us fight against the spread of oversized retail stores, at the same time taking part in efforts to assist small retail operations survive.

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The SoHo Alliance liaised with the NYPD in organizing Community Policing meetings, where residents and businesses can directly address our local officers on issues affecting them.  
When people complained about two noisy restaurants that violated their liquor license with late-night rackets after the permitted closing time, we organized and worked with the neighbors to rein in the owner.  We take our quality-of-life seriously.
When Houston Street residents sought our help to remove a Staten Island Express Bus layover (and attendant exhaust) from in front of their homes, we persuaded the the MTA to move the bus stop to a location far from residential buildings.

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We encouraged SoHo voters to take part in local elections, providing endorsements of candidates who will best serve us.

The SoHo Alliance hotline 212-353-8466 or info@sohoalliance.org is available seven days a week to personally assist residents and businesses when a problem arises or questions need answered.  

The work of the Alliance over the years in controlling inappropriate development has helped contribute to the phenomenal rise in our neighborhood’s property values.  
Our achievements in historic preservation have turned SoHo into one of the most renowned landmarked districts in the world.
 
Our success at curtailing nightclubs and late-night bars ensures quiet nights in the city that never sleeps.  
We shall continue this mission in 2020 – but we need you to invest in SoHo and in your own well-being.

Contribute here or mail your check to:SoHo Alliance, PO Box 429, New York, NY 10012.  
Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season and throughout 2020,

Sincerely,
Sean Sweeney
Director

SoHo Alliance
PO Box 429
New York, NY 10012
212-353-8466
info@sohoalliance.org
sohoalliance.org

SoHo Alliance – January 2017

We are your neighborhood watchdogs.  We work with elected officials and city agencies to ensure our community thrives.  Our hotline (212-353-8466) is available seven days a week to assist residents and businesses alike when a problem arises or questions need answered.
Our work over the years controlling inappropriate development pressures has helped contribute to the phenomenal  rise in our neighborhood’s property values.  Our achievements in historic preservation have turned SoHo into one of the most renowned landmarked districts in the city.  Our success at curtailing nightclubs and late-night bars have ensured a quiet neighborhood in the evening once the shoppers and tourists depart.  We monitor and curtail aggressive retailers who put their profits ahead of our quality of like.  We serve on the community board, giving you a voice in city government.
We shall continue our mission in 2017 but we need you to invest in SoHo and in your own well-being.
Click here to contribute online.  Or mail you check to SoHo Alliance, PO Box 429, New York, NY 10012.  If you wish a reply envelope to mail your donation, email us at info@sohoalliance.org and we’ll get one off to you immediately.
Wishing you and yours all the best in 2017,
Regards,
Sean Sweeney, Director
SoHo Alliance