Huge Turnout for SoHo/NoHo Hearing, Housing/Tenant and Neighborhood Groups United in Opposition
We had a huge and united turnout on Wednesday at our press conference opposing the Mayor’s outrageous SoHo/NoHo rezoning plan and the Community Board 2 public hearing that followed. We were joined by local, city, and statewide affordable housing/tenant groups, SoHo, NoHo, Chinatown, and Lower East Side groups, and citywide and statewide historic preservation organizations to blast the Mayor’s plan and call for its disapproval. We were also joined by Christopher Marte, the leader and apparent winner in the Democratic Primary for City Council District 1 (in which most of the rezoning is located), who also urged that the plan be voted down. We had a packed, standing-room-only house at the huge St. Anthony’s hall, and overwhelming opposition to the plan at the hearing. Read the press release here, see pictures here, and read/watch coverage here and here.
After the community board’s vote, this will go to the Borough President, City Planning Commission (controlled by the Mayor), and the City Council, where its ultimate fate will likely he decided by local Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Carlina Rivera, and Corey Johnson. We’ll inform you of, and need you to attend, subsequent public hearings.
LGBTQ+ Pride: New Historic Image Collection Explores Downtown Drag+Performance Scene of the 1990s
As we approach LGBTQ+ Pride Weekend, Village Preservation is proud to share with you a wonderful new collection in our historic image archive of donated images from Jillian Jonas chronicling the fiery and flamboyant downtown drag performance scene of the 1990s. Jonas, who was the house photographer at the legendary Boy Bar on St. Mark’s Place, also captured amazing performances at the East Village’s Pyramid Club, Squeezebox on Greenwich Street, and Wigstock and the Gay Pride Festival on Hudson River waterfront. The 1990s were truly a golden age for the downtown drag performance scene, which would soon burst into national prominence, and this collection captures some of its most colorful moments.
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For those looking to find a new loving home for their adorable kids’ discards, and find high-quality, lightly used replacements, look no further than Jane’s Exchange at 191 East 3rd Street, our latest Business of the Month!
This children’s consignment shop, the last of its kind in Manhattan, is one of those classic East Village stores that bursts with personality and personalities. Colorful and whimsical, it invites you to lose yourself looking for treasures among its assorted merchandise. This includes clothing for kids of all ages; means to transport children, such as strollers, car seats, and even bicycles; and all kinds of ways to entertain young ones, including board games, wooden toys, action figures, and a great selection of books for all levels in several languages. All this you will find in great condition and for unbeatable prices at Jane’s Exchange, especially if you have built up a credit through the sale of your old stuff.
Read more here, and click below to see a map of all our Businesses of the Month: