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:

Write City Officials

Oppose the City’s Plan For Huge Oversized Development in SoHo and NoHo and Support the Community Alternative 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

  • 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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  • May 14, 2021

    Report Shows City’s SoHo Rezoning Plan Unlikely To Produce Any Affordable Housing

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  • May 13, 2021

    Tenant Advocates and SoHo, NoHo, Chinatown Communities Unite vs. Mayor’s Upzoning Plan

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  • May 6, 2021

    Rally for SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown and Against City Upzoning Plan Monday at Noon

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  • May 3, 2021

    City Delays SoHo/NoHo Certification Without Explanation; Citywide Tenant and Housing Groups Come Out Strongly Against Mayor’s Plan; Neighbors File Lawsuit

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  • April 30, 2021

    Important SoHo/NoHo Updates — Opposition Grows, Mayoral Candidates Opine, Plan To Move Monday

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  • April 23, 2021

    New Images Show The Tip of The SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Iceberg

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  • April 19, 2021

    Long Lost Cache of Early SoHo Photos Raises Awareness, Funds to Fight City Plan

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  • April 19, 2021

    Pressing Mayoral and City Council Candidates on Upzoning and SoHo/NoHo

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  • April 19, 2021

    Community Board 2 Meeting SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Tonight

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