Community News & Politics - Soho

Following a string of heinous bias attacks against gay men, including the murder of a 32 year old man on Friday night, community members, elected officials, LGBT community leaders and allies will march to the site of Friday's shooting to demand an end to hate crimes against the LGBT community and to reclaim the City for all New Yorkers.


Jenifer Rajkumar is a lawyer, a District Leader, a Democrat who espouses early, direct, personal involvement in the community’s political decisions for her district, District 1 in SoHo. While Jenifer, who is also a member of the Downtown Independent Democrats, realizes that unseating an incumbent is an uphill battle, she is a determined and politically attractive candidate who is in this race for the right reasons. Not for power, not for self-aggrandizement, and not for provincial attempts to make small changes. Her desire is to fundamentally alter the way politics is managed. That is, by involving the community at the very outset in dealing with any changes that affect it. For changes that affect SoHo.


As the flood waters recede, we all want to get our homes, our places of employment, our communities, and our roads, rails, bridges, and tunnels clean and back to normal as quickly as possible. However, be cautious, hurricane cleanup and restoration work may have serious risks. Doing the wrong thing can endanger your safety, your health, and possibly your life.


Grab yo' masks and grab yo' capes! Lose your secret identity and enter the covert lair of Gotham's most heroic haunted townhouse.  At the Superheroes & Villains Halloween Party show off your super power and features music, open bar, and unlimited food. All while supporting a fantastic cause! Saturday, October 27th.


Join the fight against hydrofracking! Stand alongside Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Lennon, Josh Fox, Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, and the Artists Against Fracking for a special screening of “Gasland.” Proceeds will benefit the Water Defense International WOW Company.  Thursday, October 18th, at 7pm.


Now that Hoylman has won the State Senate race, the hard part begins. What will his initiative do about the critical issues facing SoHo? Will affordable housing be preserved? WIll the abusive and retaliative landlord attacks on rent-stabilization and rent-control (with the assistance of the courts), be investigated and prosecuted? Will the remaining guerilla art, such as the Bob Bolles sculptures in “Sunflower Park”—which should be renamed “Bob Bolles Park”—be returned from Randall’s Island preserved?


Today at 11am, the newly formed National Council of Elders (NCOE) will release the Greensboro Declaration, the first statement of the organization since its founding a month ago. The NCOE founding conference was held in Greensboro, NC, site of the historic Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, which represented a major advance in the civil rights struggle.


The New York Public Library needs your help to stop a proposed $43 million city budget cut. It takes just seconds to make a donation or sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut in NYPL's history and help preserve vital Library services.  Speak up for Jefferson Market Library NOW!


Sal Polisi owns a wood carving shop at the foot of Pier 15.  Last year, Sal was told by the City (NYC Economic Development Corp.) that his shop would be relocated underneath the FDR Drive, in close proximity to its current location. Apparently this offer has been rescinded, and he is now facing eviction. The Seaport Committee of Community Board 1 will meet tonight, Tuesday, June 19th, and Sal’s plight will be on the agenda. Please come down and speak on Sal’s behalf, or just show your support by being present.


Seven faith leaders led a total of 15 people arrested outside Governor Cuomo’s New York office (633 3rd Ave) at noon. The faith leaders kneeled in prayer before five beds to symbolize the real impact his proposed cuts to human services budget will have on the homeless and other communities in need. Declaring the budget a moral document, leaders demanded that the loopholes letting the wealthiest corporations off the hook over a billion dollars from the treasury must be closed.