Community News & Politics - Soho

The Charter Revision Commission was intended when it was appointed to offer the public the opportunity to decide the matter by offering the choice of a two-term or three-term limit. The Commission did offer that choice, but added a poison pill provision that the two-term limit not take effect until 2021, ten years into the uncertain future.


A letter from and Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation:

NYU is dropping its application for landmarks approval for a 400 ft. tall tower on Bleeker Street in Silver Towers.  As you know, there was overwhelming opposition to this plan at our recent rally and the Community Board hearing, including most recently from I.M. Pei, the architect of Silver Towers.  That the university has decided to shelve this plan is incredible news, and a fantastic victory for all of our efforts.

When St. Vincent's closed after 160 years of serving Greenwich Village and most of downtown on the west side, no one really predicted the impact this loss would have on local business. As those of us who live in the West Village tried to adjust to frequent panic attacks and a general state of fear at the loss of the hospital and the sense of comfort we all felt knowing it was there, we had no idea that the businesses we had supported and frequented over the years would soon be gone too.


For rent-regulated New Yorkers, money and legal actions have become the weapons of choice used by slumlords -- using the courts to evict them as part of a systematic plan to eviscerate affordable housing in Manhattan. By retaining expensive landlord-tenant lawyers or through politically expedient campaign contributions, wealthy landlords (those with many properties) have deep pockets and are willing to invest large sums dedicated to systematic plans of evicting stabilized and rent-controlled tenants. It is unethical, often illegal, and it works. 


Few people who "suddenly" arrive on the political scene provide as much promise for SoHo and Downtown as the new President of Downtown Independent Democrats, Jeanne Wilcke.


The City Council has just voted to approve the Far West Village and East Village (3rd and 4th Avenue corridors) rezonings we have been fighting to enact for years, which means they take immediate effect. These two rezonings will go a long way towards stemming the tide of inappropriate development in these two historic residential neighborhoods, and are a tremendous victory for community efforts in the face of stiff initial resistance from the city!  


Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for the Rally Against NYU’s Proposed 400 Ft. Tower. The rally will be held Sunday November 7th on Bleecker Street east of LaGuardia Pl. to protest “NYU’s landmark-busting plans for the Village’s tallest tower— a combination hotel and residence — and their threatened alternative of building on the adjacent supermarket site.” The rally comes one day before the plan goes before Community #2’s Landmark Committtee.


Annually since September 11, 2001 the Manhattan Youth Center has held a night of remembrance. It’s a time to share memories, reflect on how it changed lives, the neighborhood, and the world. Next week on the 9th anniversary the Center will once again be holding a gathering full of discussion, poetry, and music. Join your neighbors and stand together to honor the big and small acts of heroism, and look to a future filled with peace.


“Half of all complaints that come into my Office’s Immigrant Affairs Program involve individuals who fraudulently pass themselves off as attorneys, or who provide legal advice when they are not licensed to do so,” said District Attorney Vance. “These defendants concoct schemes that defraud trusting victims. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to aggressively prosecute individuals who cheat and steal from immigrants.”


In the wake of a slew of major endorsements in his campaign for Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman today received the support from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. In his decision to back Schneiderman, Stringer cited Eric’s unparalleled record on government reform and public integrity.