LES Dwellers NIMBY Ramps Up Opposition to Soho House

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 at 6:28 am by
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The campaign first began on the streets a few weeks ago with a plethora of pithy posters. Now the opposition to Soho House moving into 139 Ludlow Street is heating up, with some stronger rhetoric. It’s gonna be an interesting spring, indeed.

Vocal NIMBY group LES Dwellers is again on the offensive, targeting the exclusive hang for what it is (i.e. private club) and questioning the public benefit of another liquor license on this block. The block association sent us a link to their website which basically takes a detailed look at why they feel Soho House is wrong for the Lower East Side. And it arrives just a couple weeks before top brass is scheduled to appear before the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 (April 6).

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Since public benefit must be proven within this resolution area in order to obtain a license, below are some items of note highlighted by the Dwellers:

  • It will not encourage daytime traffic to help the few struggling businesses left.
  • It will not encourage the development of businesses or services not related to nightlife, which our community desperately needs.
  • Similar to the existing venues, profits will be driven by night-time food and beverage sales.
  • Soho House will rely on a transient crowd that has no vested interest in our community other than exploiting its perceived  “anything goes” nightlife reputation that has earned the the area its nickname, “Hell Square.”
  • Contrary to their “mission,” it is unlikely locals will make up the largest percentage of membership. In fact, the majority of locals will be excluded by choice, financial circumstance, or by not meeting the Soho House measure of what makes a “creative local.”

Do you feel Soho House offers a public benefit to the neighborhood at large?

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