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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.


On January 14th let historian William Wander enamor you with the history of the Tompkins Market. The Tompkins Market stood on the small city block bounded by Sixth Street, Seventh Street, Hall Place and Third Avenue, where the newest Cooper Union building now stands. It first opened in 1830, but it didn't become popular until1860 when building contained the public market, and the armory and drill rooms of the Seventh Regiment of the New York State National Guard on theupper floors, an unusual combination in the 19th century or today. 


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.


While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decoration, food preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to minimize our impact and still celebrate the season in grand style.


On Thanksgiving, when we Americans sit around our Thanksgiving dinner tables expressing gratitude for what we've been given are we in denial about what we've taken? This is a question I've been considering as the holiday festivities are approaching. Seems to me that that the table-dominating turkey with its sleep-inducing polyurethanes overlooks the actual originof this holiday. 


Our oceans are indeed in a terrible state, thanks primarily to unrestrained commercial and industrial activity. Overfishing and pollution have decimated once abundant stocks of fish and other marine life, and the damaging practices continue to this day despite international agreements outlawing them.


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.

 

The lot bordered by Grand, Varick, Canal Streets and Avenue of the Americas, just west of Duarte Square, is about to feature prominently in the ‘rezoning of Hudson Square.’  Over the last few years, the lot has hosted, through LentSpace, various art installations, events, live music, gourmet food trucks and lessons on how to take care of city tress by the Million Tree Inititive.

 


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!


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