Look what the SoHo BID crew
has tucked inside its BS BID Plan for SoHo:
Selling Public Space for Retail and other Uses
is a key aspect of the BS BID Plan …
Click HERE to see how the SoHo BID will SELL OUT SoHo
if the NY City Council votes to enact the BS BID.
SAY NO to the SoHo BID!!
The Senator considered the concerns of his constituents.
He understands that the BS BID will mean increased operating costs
for many local businesses.
Senator Squadron knows that substantial local support “just isn’t there”
He agrees that the SoHo BS BID Plan is filled with problems, many outlined by
our local Community Board, and he now states:
“As you are no doubt aware, Manhattan Community Board 2 (CB2)
unanimously opposed the SoHo BID proposal. I join CB2 in its opposition.“
READ Senator Squadron’s LETTER to the Departments of City Planning and
Small Business Services HERE.
SAY NO to the SoHo BID
REJECT the BAD BS BID Plan
The problematic SoHo BID proposal is NOT needed.
An Editorial in the Downtown Express states it clearly:
“We can’t support the effort to create a BID along Soho’s Broadway corridor.”
Read the entire Downtown Express Editorial HERE
This BAD BID PLAN, which would give over local community control to a consortium
of Real Estate interests, should be tossed in the TRASH, where it belongs.
The Downtown Express reminds everyone that Councilmember Margaret Chin has previously stated:
“I will not support a Broadway Soho BID unless I see substantial support
from residents in the proposed BID catchment area”
The Downtown Express Editorial also notes:
“Clearly, that “substantial support” just isn’t there …
a BID without the community’s backing simply won’t fly.“
Tell Councilmember Chin to keep her promise to her constituents.
The time has come to take a stand: REJECT the SoHo BID!
to the proposed creation of a
SoHo Business Improvement District:
Read the entire LETTER that was sent to City Planning & SBS.
Then follow Assemblymember Glick’s lead:
SEND a MESSAGE to City Council Member Margaret Chin
Tell her to REJECT the BAD SoHo BID Plan.
Those behind the SoHo BID have changed their name:
They now call themselves The Broadway SoHo BID, aka
The BS BID
Has there ever been a more fitting name for such an unnecessary and unwanted proposal?
Exposing the Dirty Facts behind the Soho BID Plan
Under the “revised” BS BID Plan those in charge of the BID will be able to:
- EXPAND beyond the current proposed boundaries
- INCREASE the BID BUDGET, a stated purpose of Mayor Bloomberg and Small Business Services
- INCREASE ASSESSMENTS aka TAXES levied on property owners, both commercial and residential
- INCUR DEBT which will make it practically impossible to disempower the BID
DO the SMART thing: SAY NO to the BS / SoHo BID
The proposed SoHo Business Improvement District (BID) is a
NOT in the PUBLIC INTEREST
New York State Law mandates that a BID can be established ONLY if it is “in the public interest”
SEND a MESSAGE to the Politicians who would SELL OUT SoHo
TELL THEM to REJECT the SoHo BID:
- Margaret Chin, NY City Council Member District 1 Manhattan
- Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NY City Council
- Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President
- Domenic Recchia, Chairman Committee on Finance, NY City Council
SAY NO to the SoHo BID
SoHo residents are under assault by a small group of real estate investors and property holders, a powerful and well-connected few who will take control of our neighborhood under the guise of the SoHo Business Improvement District (BID).
The real estate interests behind the SoHo BID have greatly benefitted from their transformation of SoHo, where flagship emporiums for global brands are filling all the available storefronts. They’ve been so successful that a crush of shoppers from around the world can be found in SoHo on any given day. Their thriving retail stores have brought congestion and trash to the sidewalks along Broadway.
But the syndicate behind the SoHo BID, rather than contribute funds to solve these self-created problems, instead plans to assess a FEE on every property owner along Broadway. This is an annual and perpetual fee, essentially a TAX, to be calculated and controlled by those who will run the SoHo BID.
See WHAT YOU CAN DO to SAY NO to the SoHo BID
- The majority of longtime SoHo property owners do not want the BID.
- Local businesses do NOT want the BID.
- Local residents, the people who pioneered SoHo when demolition loomed, DO NOT WANT the BID.
Our local Community Board VOTED UNANIMOUSLY to OPPOSE the creation of the SoHo BID. Yet, despite overwhelming neighborhood opposition, the New York City Planning Commission recently voted to approve the SoHo BID plan.
The fate of the SoHo BID now rests in the hands of our local NY City Council Member, Margaret Chin, who testified before the City Planning Commission, stating:
” … regarding the proposed SoHo BID … I must point out that community boards are no strangers to BIDs and most are voted through unanimously, which is unfortunately not the case here … SoHo is a busy and congested area, which may not benefit from these efforts …
… right now I find it hard to wholeheartedly support this application.”
We appeal to Council Member Chin to hold fast and not allow the SoHo BID to move forward.
Read through our PAGES, listed to the right, to see why the SoHo BID is simply A BAD PLAN for SoHo.