Community News & Politics - Soho

New Yorkers, come together and join New York City’s charitable, social and fashion communities for its annual Housing Works “Fashion for Action” event. Supported by hundreds of the fashion industry’s most influential designers, the event is an exclusive designer discount sale featuring a curated collection of sought after luxury brands. Proceeds from this charity event will support Housing Works’ youth outreach programming, which provides dedicated HIV-prevention and treatment services for young people living with HIV/AIDS or at-risk of infection.


On July 17th, Housing Works Soho Shop will be transformed into an art gallery with a special opening featuring donated pieces from artist friends including Jemima Kirke (Girls), Scooter LaForge and Mel Odom as well as a curated collection donated from generous New Yorkers own collections, volunteers and staff.


Eleven days, thirty-five projects, and more than ninety artists... Experience intimate and provocative dance, music, visual art, and new media projects in public parks, in historic landmarks, on Governors Island and along the waterfront, for LMCC's13th annual festival. This year, the artists will respond to the architecture of some of New York City’s most iconic locations and hidden gems.

Games, performances, interactive experiments, and the great outdoors combine for a full-day science extravaganza. Installations and activities from more than 50 organizations will focus on our three themes: space, weather, and robots. There’s so much to explore: cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, Mars rovers, extreme weather simulations, and robots that might someday live in your house, to name a few!


On St. Patrick’s Day, at TGIF Friday’s off Vanderbilt Avenue (47 East 42nd Street), the McManus breakfast will be held this year.

Aside from Jim McManus, head of the McManus Midtown Democratic Club, and his Chief of Staff Sing, you never know who you might meet. THIS is the year to make the trip. Last year, Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, Ray Kelly, Mike Bloomberg, among others, appeared to pay respects. This year, with Hilary starting to make her move and along with Bill, you never know who may stop in.


There is only several days left to join the Municipal Art Society of New York (MASNYC) for their wildly popular MASter Class: Researching the History of Buildings in New York City. In four highly informative sessions, architectural historian Anthony W. Robins describes how to successfully research the history of buildings in New York City. A field trip to the Manhattan Department of Buildings completes the course. This is a wonderfully fascinating look into the city that we all think we know so well. Don’t miss out!


Here at the SoHo Journal we love safe and consensual BDSM. So how do you keep that boy under control? How do you make him feel secure yet always at your mercy? Rope is the answer ... of course! In this workshop, Bob Pesce explains basic rope bondage including different types of rope (pros and cons), safety and best practices for safer rope play, and gives insights on what happens physically, mentally, emotionally and psychologically? Bob shares his insights based on 25 years of using rope.


Don’t miss these special occasions to learn about volunteer opportunities at the High Line. Our volunteer community plays a critical role in all areas of the park’s operations. All year long you will find volunteers tending plants alongside our gardeners, introducing visitors to the park’s history during guided docent tours, helping at special events, and much more.


Elections come and go and the results sometimes actually change things. We now have bike lanes in SoHo and almost everyone from out of town is now happy. The billboard people are happy despite years of complaints and lobbying the politicians in office, we have more of them. And, real estate people are also happy. Original art, affordable housing, including rent control stabilization and development rights, have all inured to their best interests. The art and artists are nearly gone; stabilization and affordable housing and controlling 45 story buildings, is an ephemeral dream; and the fight to protect SoHo from even further debasement in the form of the SoHo BID, is all but over.

Election day is upon us, and the polls opened at 6 a.m. Citywide the buzz is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio will blow away Republican Joe Lhota to finally end the reign of Bloomberg. With such a sure lead, don't expect voter turn-out records this year.