Community News & Politics - Soho

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.


The Garden is one of the only publically accessible green spaces in a large part of Manhattan. It is one of a kind. As development has intensified, even this precious community garden has been threatened. Don't let developers take this haven away! Attend the Community Board 2 Land Use Hearing On Future of Elizabeth Street Garden - TONIGHT AT 6:30PM.  Community Board 2 and our elected officials need to know this is a priority for our community!


The, undersigned, who are chairpersons of political parties and candidates in the November 5, 2013, General Election in New York City, acting in the strong belief that the ballot that has been published by the NY City Board of Elections for the General Election on November 5, 2013 is severely flawed, defective, and prejudicial have, on October 30, 2013, served legal notice upon the New York City Board of Elections (BOE), setting forth their general and specific objections to the November 5, 2013, ballot. 


It looks like it will be a difficult choice for the general population to choose among the many candidates vying for office this election.  But, while it may be tough for a larger audience, the decision shouldn’t be that hard for SoHo residents.


Let’s start with the strong points. Scott Stringer has been a hands on guy downtown and made the round of the clubs and, as Borough President, has had the ability to pick and choose members of the Community Boards.