Reject the SoHo/NoHo Upzoning Plan like the Community Board + Advocacy Groups


  • Department of City Planning (SoHo/NoHo)
  • Council Council District 37
  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • Councilmember Adrienne Adams
  • Councilmember Diana Ayala
  • Councilmember Inez Barron
  • Councilmember Joseph Borelli
  • Councilmember Justin Brannan
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Councilmember Selvena Brooks-Powers
  • Councilmember Fernando Cabrera
  • Council Member - New York City Council Margaret S. Chin
  • Councilmember Margaret Chin
  • Councilmember Andrew Cohen
  • Councilmember Costa Constantinides
  • Councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr.
  • Councilmember Laurie Cumbo
  • Councilmember Rubin Diaz
  • Councilmember Daniel Dromm
  • Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.
  • Councilmember Mathieu Eugene
  • Councilmember James Gennaro
  • Councilmember Vanessa Gibson
  • Small Business Committee Chair Councilmember Mark Gjonaj
  • Councilmember Barry Grodenchik
  • Councilmember Marian Guerra
  • Councilmember Robert Holden
  • Speaker Corey Johnson
  • Council Speaker - New York City Council - District 03 Manhattan Corey Johnson
  • Councilmember Ben Kallos
  • Councilmember Karen Koslowitz
  • Department of City Planning Chair Marisa Lago
  • Councilmember Brad Lander
  • Councilmember Stephen Levin
  • Councilmember Mark Levine
  • Councilmember Alan Maisel
  • Councilmember Steven Matteo
  • Councilmember Carlos Menchaca
  • Councilmember I. Daneek Miller
  • Councilmember Francisco Moya
  • Staten Island Borough President James Oddo
  • Councilmember Bill Perkins
  • Councilmember Keith Powers
  • Councilmember Antonio Reynoso
  • Queens Borough President Donovan Richards
  • Councilmember Carlina Rivera
  • Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez
  • Councilmember Nicholas Roloson
  • Councilmember Deborah Rose
  • Councilmember Helen Rosenthal
  • Councilmember Rafael Salamanca
  • Councilmember Alicka Ampry Samuel
  • NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Councilmember Ritchie Torres
  • Councilmember Mark Treyger
  • Councilmember Eric Uhlrich
  • Councilmember Paul Vallone
  • Councilmember James Van Bramer
  • Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
  • Councilmember Kalman Yeger
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio


The SoHo/NoHo plan has been rejected by the community board, housing, tenant, and environmental groups. You should too.

Dear [Decision Maker],

I stand with Community Board 2, housing and tenant leaders, environmental groups, preservationists, and studies produced by Village Preservation, and thousands of neighbors in SoHo, NoHo, and Chinatown, to say that this plan is wrong, the City is lying about its impacts, and I oppose it.

If implemented, the upzoning would actually make these neighborhoods richer, less diverse, and more expensive, and likely destroy much affordable housing and push out longtime tenants and businesses, all while allowing grossly out-of-scale new construction and big-box chain stores. It provides multiple incentives and loopholes for developers to avoid building any affordable housing at all, but would enable and encourage huge commercial structures, luxury condo construction, and hotels.

More than a dozen local groups have offered an Alternative Rezoning Plan, which would not employ any upzoning, destroy no affordable housing, require deeper and broader new affordable housing in new residential construction at a scale that matches the neighborhood, and allow reasonable-sized retail but not big-box chain stores. It would maintain the character of this neighborhood while making it more equitable, diverse, and affordable: the exact opposite of the Mayor's plan. The Mayor's plan would also have an enormous impact on adjacent neighborhoods like Chinatown and the Lower East Side, pushing out longtime residents and businesses and making those neighborhoods less diverse and more wealthy and expensive, too.

The Mayor's plan would allow new development of an egregious scale, up to two-and-a-half times what current rules allow. It would push out longtime tenants in rent-stabilized units and legally protected lofts, and encourage the demolition of historic buildings.

The Mayor's plan would line the pockets of developers who have given generously to his campaign and lobbied for these changes for years. It's a dangerous sham and I urge you to join leading housing and tenant organizations, environmental groups, preservationists, local leaders, and the local community board and oppose it.

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