NoHo News February 2022
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Join the Community Board

The 2022 Community Board application is now open through Tuesday, March 1 at 5 pm. Apply here.

Each Board has a budget, a district manager and staff, and has three distinct responsibilities:

  • Monitoring the delivery of city services such as sanitation and street maintenance;
  • Planning and reviewing land use applications including zoning changes; and
  • Making recommendations for each year’s city budget.
Read more about Manhattan’s Community Boards HERE:
The New Acme

Introducing the new jewelbox piano bar, downstairs at 9 Great Jones St.
For Jon Neidich, it was an impending 40th birthday that really got him reconsidering his nightlife. For a decade he had been the steward of Noho hotspot Acme, and its even hotter basement club, Acme Downstairs. It was perfect for where he was in his life at the time: carefree, in his thirties, untethered. Now older, wiser, and a family man, he craved something more appropriate for his current station. A little less Acme Downstairs, a little more Bemelmans—but still below 14th Street.  Read more at Town & Country

Failure to Plan

New York lacks a comprehensive development strategy that requires shared sacrifice for community benefit. Having one could help ease a crisis-level shortage of affordable housing.
Read an interesting article on the subject and sign up for Crains Forum.

You may also want to register for the CB#2's Land Use Committee Meeting on Feb. 9th, which will be featuring this topic.
Meet Christopher Marte

WNYC Interview     Council District #1 Website
District Office:  
101 Lafayette St, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-587-3159; Fax: 212-587-3138

Evolution of a Neighborhood - UPDATE

Great Jones St. resident and artist, Joan Melnick began research for a book about Great Jones St. in 1995.  This year she has self-published a volume of 48 pages documenting NoHo from Great Jones north to Astor Place, from 1776 to present day.  In Joan's words, 

Here is the CORRECT address should you wish to purchase a copy: Joan Melnick and hopefully soon through Village Preservation and the Merchant's House Museum.

A New Gallery in NoHo

Gray Art Gallery, closed down during the pandemic, received a major gift which will allow them to relocate from Washington Sq. Park East to 20 Cooper Square. NYU is excited to reopen the gallery joining the NoHo arts community, Fourth Arts Block and LaMama in this spacious location. Construction timeline is scheduled for this summer.


CB2 February Hearings for NoHo
Full Calendar

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - SLA LICENSING 1 Robert Ely, Co-Chair and Donna Raftery, Co-Chair February 3 @ 5:00 pm - TRAFFIC & TRANSPORTATION Shirley Secunda, Chair
  • *Review of application from Academy Express L.L.C. for a bus stop for NYU Shuttle on Lafayette St. at Great Jones St., SE corner.
  • *Discussion of Neighborhood Loading Zones for Community Board 2 with input on suggested locations.
Please register using the link below:
February 9 @ 6:30 pm - LAND USE Frederica Sigel, Chair
Presentations by the authors of two of the Municipal Art Society’s most recent reports, followed by Q&A: Please register using the link below:

Presentation by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide an update on the NY & NJ Harbor & Tributaries Focus Area Feasibility Study (HATS), which seeks to evaluate alternatives comprised of measures to address coastal storm risks in the New York-New Jersey harbor region
Please register using the link below:

February 17 @ 6:30 pm - FULL BOARD Jeannine Kiely, Chair
Written testimony and/or virtual speaker cards can be submitted by email before 5:00 p.m. February 17, 2022 to[Please note that registering for the Zoom meeting does not register you to speak.] Please submit your name, agenda topic, and address. Public speakers will be limited to 2 minutes or less at the discretion of the Chair. We recommend submitting written testimony, which will be summarized at the meeting, to ensure an opportunity for your voice to be recognized.
The Public is strongly encouragedto attend virtually by registering here:
NoHo-SoHo Zoning Update
Among the controversies created with the SoHo-NoHo special Mixed Use District are the unclarified protocols, fines and "flip" tax affecting current JLWQA units/buildings (legal and non-complying).  We are pursuing remedies and modifications through City Council and anticipate cooperation with the Department of Buildings, once a new Commissioner is appointed.  We understand a Task Force will include architects familiar with JLWQA conversions, stakeholders (Certified Artists and non-artists), DOB and City Planning.  We have also reached out to our State Legislators regarding modifications of the Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) that can make the process easier and more equitable.  We will share more information as it happens.
Adams Vetoes Proposal To Fine Non-Artist SoHo & NoHo Residents $15,000 For Their Lofts
Gosha Levochkin at The Hole Gallery

Through February 27, 2022
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