Upzoning SoHo and NoHo

Write Mayor Adams, Council Speaker Adams, and Councilmember Rivera

Fight NYU’s lawsuit to overturn the provisions in the SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown rezoning that prohibit it and other private universities from expanding in the area.

In early 2021, the city released its proposal to rezone SoHo and NoHo, claiming the plan will make these neighborhoods more diverse and affordable, as well as allow new development that is in scale and character for the neighborhood. In fact it would have done just the opposite, allowing wildly out-of-scale new structures, encouraging the demolition of older ones, and encouraging the proliferation of big-box chain stores. Research by Village Preservation showed the plan would make these neighborhoods wealthier, less diverse, and more expensive, and would generate far fewer units of affordable housing than had been promised. It would have also had a disproportionate impact on Asian-American and lower-income residents who would be forced out as their homes are replaced by new, bigger, more expensive buildings.

In March 2021, Village Preservation issued its report, Upzoning SoHo and NoHo: Why the City’s Rezoning Plan Will Decrease Socio-Economic Diversity and Reduce Net Affordable Housing; two months later, we released another study for this campaign, The Many Ways de Blasio’s SoHo/NoHo Plan Encourages Developers to Build Without ANY Affordable Housing. We have posted these reports as well as additional research results and links on our SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning Resources page.

At the end of 2021, the City Council approved a modified version of Mayor de Blasio’s SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning plan. Approval was led by Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Carlina Rivera, and Corey Johnson. Under extreme pressure from groups like Village Preservation, the Council pared back some of the most damaging elements of the plan, but still approved a fundamentally flawed and misguided rezoning that not only will do great harm to these neighborhoods, but is also intended to serve as a model for more such rezonings in historic neighborhoods throughout NYC.

We will continue to fight for equitable, diverse, affordable neighborhoods that respect and preserve history and neighborhood character.

The SoHo/NoHo Rezoning: Tenants in the Crosshairs

Read our series of profiles about the low- and moderate-income rent-regulated tenants in the rezoning area that the de Blasio rezoning puts at risk of displacement. If you have a similar story that you would like to present, please contact us at info@gvshp.org.

Updates

  • August 5, 2022

    Village Preservation Op-Ed: Putting the Lie to “Build Baby Build”… Facts Show Unbridled Market-Rate Development Spurs Gentrification

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  • April 15, 2022

    NYU Sues to Overturn Provision in SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning that Prohibited University Facilities

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  • April 6, 2022

    Monitoring New Developments in SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown and Accuracy of Rezoning Predictions and Commitments

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  • March 17, 2022

    Assembly and Senate Reject Supersize Proposal, But Final Budget Battle Not Yet Over

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  • January 18, 2022

    Victory: Punitive SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Measure Vetoed!

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  • January 11, 2022

    Urge Mayor Adams to Veto Draconian SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Measure

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  • December 16, 2021

    City Council Approves SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning + Displacement Plan

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  • December 13, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning Reminder: Final Vote as Soon as Wednesday, Call and E-Mail TODAY

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  • December 10, 2021

    City Council Committee Approves SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning + Displacement Plan With Modifications

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  • December 8, 2021

    Council Appears Poised to Vote on SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Plan Today, December 9, as New Financial Analysis Shows Fatal Flaws in Affordable Housing Claims

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  • December 3, 2021

    City Council Vote On SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Pushed Back to Week of December 6 — CALL AND WRITE NOW!

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  • November 29, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Vote Likely This Week — Flood the City Council With Calls and Letters

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  • November 23, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning Vote Likely After Thanksgiving; Video and Final Push for ‘No’ Vote

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  • November 12, 2021

    Opponents Vastly Outnumber Supporters At Rezoning Hearing; Village Preservation Releases Study Showing City Projections for Neighborhood Rezonings Are ‘Less Reliable Than Flipping a Coin’

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  • November 9, 2021

    Final SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning Public Hearing Today — PLEASE TESTIFY AND/OR SUBMIT COMMENTS!

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  • November 2, 2021

    City Council Virtual Public Hearing on Disastrous SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning Plan Next Tuesday, Nov. 9, around 11:30 am

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  • October 26, 2021

    More Evidence that Upzoning Makes New York Less Affordable, Not More, and the Reality Deniers

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  • October 21, 2021

    City Planning Commission Approves SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning Plan with Changes that Are ‘Less Than Nothing’; Now Heads to City Council

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  • October 8, 2021

    City Proposes Further ‘Changes’ to Upzoning Proposal for SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown that Amount to Nothing

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  • October 8, 2021

    Village Preservation Op-Ed: ‘Trickle Down’ Affordable Housing in NYC Is a Fail; Don’t Force It on SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown

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  • September 24, 2021

    City Signals Window-Dressing Changes to SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan

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  • September 16, 2021

    Exposing the City’s False Affordable Housing Claims for SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Rezoning

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  • September 3, 2021

    Opponents Overwhelm Six-Hour City Planning SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearing; City’s Baseless Claims of Racism Face Backlash; Elected Officials Join Opposition

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  • August 31, 2021

    City Planning Commission SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Hearing This Thursday, September 2, 10 am

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  • August 19, 2021

    Details on SoHo/NoHo Hearings, New Data Shows Falsehoods and Lies Behind Rezoning

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