News & Politics

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!


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. 


On November 15th, join in to support The HSUS's efforts to rescue animals from disasters, cruelty, and neglect. Proceeds from the events will be used to help the Animal Rescue Team save thousands more lives from natural disasters or cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting operations, hoarding, or neglect.


An annual fundraiser begun in 2011, GHOSTLIGHT celebrates East Village and Bowery theatrical traditions and ghosts of the past 150 years on Halloween. The 2012 edition of GHOSTLIGHT was cancelled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and many of the shows created for that evening will be finally staged at Ghostlight 3 so come check it out and support your community!


 

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that human overpopulation isn’t such a big issue any more as numbers are expected to start declining in a few decades?  – Melinda Mason, Boone, IA


Greenwich Village's premier food & wine tasting event is just around the corner. On Thursday, September 26th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., join hundreds of neighborhood foodies at the 11th Annual Taste of the Village benefit for Washington Square Park.


We are on the precipice as the Primary is about to take place.

There are a few races that are meaningful for those of us in SoHo—the two City Council races for District 1 and District 3 affect us directly. And, of course, the Mayoral selection affects us indirectly. In a microcosm, the phrase “all politics is local” takes on new meaning.


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