Upzoning SoHo and NoHo

The city has released a proposal to rezone SoHo and NoHo, claiming it 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 will do 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 has also shown 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 also have a disproportionate impact on Asian-American and lower-income residents who will 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 will continue to fight for equitable, diverse, affordable neighborhoods that respect and preserve history and neighborhood character. You can help:

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Tell the City Council To Vote Down the SoHo/NoHo/Chinatown Upzoning Plan

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

  • 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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  • August 10, 2021

    Borough President’s Public Hearing on SoHo/NoHo Monday, August 23, 6-8 pm; City Planning Hearing Likely Day of September 2

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  • August 5, 2021

    Manhattan Borough President’s SoHo/NoHo Hearing Likely Monday, August 23

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  • July 28, 2021

    Community Board 2 Overwhelmingly Rejects SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Plan; BP and CPC To Hold Hearings

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  • July 23, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo Updates: Final Community Board Vote Monday 6:30 pm; Elected Officials Silent on or Support Slanderous Attacks on Plan Opponents; City Planning Hearing Likely Sept. 1

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  • July 14, 2021

    City Defames Community Groups Who Oppose SoHo/NoHo Plan; Documenting Vulnerable Tenants Rezoning Plan Will Hurt; New Flyer to Mobilize Neighbors Against Upzoning

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  • June 25, 2021

    Huge Turnout for SoHo/NoHo Hearing, Housing/Tenant and Neighborhood Groups United in Opposition

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  • June 23, 2021

    Affordable Housing and Tenant Groups, SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown Neighborhood Organizations, and Artists and Historic Preservationists Slam de Blasio SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Plan, Urge “NO” Vote

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  • June 21, 2021

    Community Board 2 SoHo/NoHo Public Hearing Now In Person: Wednesday at 6:30 pm, Press Conference at 6 pm

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  • June 14, 2021

    Reminders: Annual Meeting and Village Awards this Wednesday; SoHo/NoHo Public Hearing June 23 and 24

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  • June 4, 2021

    First Official SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearings — Community Board 2, June 23 and 24

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  • May 28, 2021

    SoHo/NoHo Update: Certified Plan Contains Demographic Deception and NYU Welcome Mat; Community Groups Demand Electeds Reject

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  • May 19, 2021

    De Blasio’s SoHo/NoHo Plan Is Certified, Largely Unchanged; Public Review Process To Begin

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