Eddie Panta

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BP Brewer Meets Community Resistance at SoHo/NoHo Rezoning Hearing

Last modified August 25, 2021 at 10:31 am

Borough President Gale Brewer is now in the hot seat with the city’s public review process churning onward for the controversial rezoning of SoHo, NoHo and parts of Chinatown (not to mention what’s left of Little Italy). To that end, Brewer held a virtual hearing on the subject via Zoom and Facebook just three days […]

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Bagel Boss Debuts Latest Outpost at Former OddFellows on East Houston

Last modified August 20, 2021 at 1:09 pm

On Tuesday, long-standing local chain, Bagel Boss, debuted its latest outpost – the Little Italy storefront previously occupied by Oddfellows ice cream shop on the corner of East Houston and Mott Streets. Bagel Boss owner-manager, Alex, tells us that it’s been busy since opening day. But that their launch came with a bit of an […]

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CB2 Rejects ‘Mayor’s SoHo Rezoning Plan’ with Scathing Resolution

Last modified July 27, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Last night, Community Board 2 overwhelmingly voted to reject what it called the “Mayor’s Plan” to rezone “SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown.” In a bold lead statement, CB2’s SoHo NoHo Working Group released a resolution that rejected the rezoning proposal as follows: “The proposed SoHo, NoHo and Chinatown rezoning fails to achieve affordable housing goals and […]

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Marte City Council Campaign Fights Back Against PAC Smear Ads

Last modified June 17, 2021 at 5:55 am

As soon as early voting began last weekend, District 1 City Council candidate Christopher Marte found himself in the crosshairs of a series of attack ads launched by Common Sense NYC Inc., a Super PAC whose top three funders are Stephen Ross, Ronald Lauder, and Jack Cayre. While City Council campaign dollars are limited, Super […]


So Long SoHo, Hello Mega-SoHo

Last modified June 7, 2021 at 8:27 pm

The public review process has begun on the city’s downtown rezoning effort, now dubbed the “SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan.” If you, like many residents, haven’t checked back into these plans amidst the pandemic, now is certainly the time! While the initial strategy detailed by the Envision Soho/NoHo Report focused on retail permits and overall quality of […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Creator, and Gallerist, Allan Reiver Dies at 78

Last modified June 1, 2021 at 11:17 am

The start of the holiday weekend came with sad news for residents of Little Italy and supporters of Elizabeth Street Garden. Late Friday, ESG Inc., the nonprofit that runs and maintains the garden, announced the passing of Allan Reiver in a newsletter to its members and advocates. Cause and date of death are not yet […]

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Chris Marte Barnstorms Forsyth Street Ahead of City Council Primary

Last modified May 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Spring sprung late, but campaign season is early. While the citywide elections are still in November, the primaries are scheduled for June 22, rather than September. And with this calendar shift comes a change to the ballot, too, as ranked-choice voting becomes a reality. If you’re confused about who’s running for Mayor, which City Council […]

Chinatown, SoHo, and NoHo Stand in Protest Against City’s Proposed Rezoning

Last modified May 14, 2021 at 5:40 pm

Chinatown finds itself caught in a squeeze play with mega-towers set to loom over the Two Bridges neighborhood to its east and the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo to the west. As it turns out, Mayor de Blasio’s 11th-hour rezoning plan for the city’s historic districts will also include large swaths of Chinatown. Yesterday, a […]

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Protesting Chinese-American Planning Council and the 24-Hour Workday

Posted April 29, 2021 at 5:04 am

Yesterday, employees of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) protested outside the headquarters of the nation’s largest Chinese-American social services organization at 150 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown. The action was for what they considered unfair wage practices as home-care attendees. “End the 24-hour workday” and “No More 24” was the rallying cry from Chinese Staff and […]

Quality Mending Embraces Art and Fashion at New Bowery HQ

Last modified February 20, 2021 at 8:51 am

After 16 years at the corner of Prince and Elizabeth Streets, vintage clothing shop Quality Mending, like many other small businesses was forced to close amid the pandemic. As previously reported, owner Oliver Harkness departed his long-time headquarters with a patriotic “blue-hat” salute to the neighborhood. His final public art project brought community voice to […]

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