SOHO, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that the SoHo/Noho Neighborhood plan to rezone a larger portion of the Lower Manhattan neighborhood will advance into the city’s public land use review process.

The proposed rezoning in SoHo would allow for as many as 3,200 new homes to be built in the historically business-centric community, including around 800 affordable housing units.

The rezoning project would cover an area bounded by Canal Street to the south, Houston Street and Astor Place to the north, Lafayette Street and the Bowery to the east, and Sixth Avenue and West Broadway to the west.

“New York City has changed a lot in the last fifty years, and SoHo and NoHo have changed with it,” de Blasio said in a news release. “Thoughtful, progressive zoning changes will pave the way for the next fifty years of growth — while making two iconic neighborhoods

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Mayor Bill de Blasio puts on a mask during a news conference outside the Mosaic Pre-K Center in New York. | Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will press forward with a plan to shut down nonessential businesses in coronavirus hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal so far to sign off on the closures.

The mayor acknowledged he could not act without state approval, but said he still expects to get it in the coming days.


“Until we hear otherwise, our plan is to move ahead Wednesday morning with enforcement in these nine ZIP codes of all nonessential businesses,” de Blasio said at a press briefing, shortly after Cuomo concluded his own press briefing Monday.

The mayor proposed the new shutdowns in nine neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens where coronavirus cases have been spiking, all above a 3 percent positive test

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NEW YORK CITY — A persistent divide between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio played out in back-to-back Monday announcements over coronavirus restrictions facing the city amid local resurgences.

First, Cuomo announced schools in nine coronavirus hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens will close Tuesday rather than de Blasio’s proposed Wednesday.

Then, de Blasio pledged at his own news conference that the city is prepared to start enforcing restrictions and closures on non-essential businesses in those areas starting Wednesday — an issue on which Cuomo held off making a final decision.

It took a reporter twice pressing de Blasio on the potential business closures for him to clarify the city will be “preparing” for them to start rather than enforcing them without state approval.

“If the state does not authorize restrictions, we’re not going to act,” he said. “But I find that very unlikely at this point. The governor

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Business owners in COVID-wracked city neighborhoods targeted for a new lockdown ripped Mayor Bill de Blasio over the move Sunday.

“My plan?! What’s my plan?! Start drinking?!” said Queens restaurant owner Syed Hossain when told of the mayor’s proposal to shut down indoor and outdoor dining again, as well as public and private schools and all non-essential businesses, in his and eight other neighborhoods starting Wednesday.

Hossain, 24, is the owner of Tikka Indian Grill at 119-30 Metropolitan Ave., Kew Gardens — in zip code 11415, which had an average positive-test rate of 3.81 percent for the coronavirus for the past two weeks.

The city has set its threshold at 3 percent.

“I gotta call my parents!” said Hossain, who also owns three other city restaurants — including one in the 11211 zip code in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which is on a city “watch list” and under threat of lockdown, too.

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Businesses are asking Mayor Bill de Blasio for small retailers to get sidewalk rights like restaurants have.

The New York City Business Improvement District Association, which is made up of commercial tenants and property owners, asked the mayor to sign an executive order allowing shops to use the sidewalks to sell goods, Gotham Gazette reported. The group asked that stores be permitted to post more signage as well.

In the rest of the country, retail sales have recovered since the peak of the Covid shutdowns. Advanced monthly retail sales from June to August were actually up 2.4 percent from a year ago.

Business owners are also concerned that the commercial eviction moratorium, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended for another 30 days last week, does not relieve them of their obligation to pay rent. When the eviction moratorium does end, businesses unable to pay the back

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More than 150 business leaders in New York City joined together on Thursday to warn Mayor Bill de Blasio that he needed to take more decisive action to address crime and other quality-of-life issues that they said were jeopardizing the city’s economic recovery.

Chief executives of companies like Goldman Sachs, Vornado Realty Trust and JetBlue sent a letter to the mayor portraying a bleak assessment of life in New York City during the pandemic, and suggesting a vote of no confidence in the mayor’s ability to correct it.

The letter asserted that there was “widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.”

And if the mayor did not address those issues, the business leaders warned that people who have left the city would be slow to return because of legitimate concerns

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(Bloomberg) — New York business leaders are pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to consider ways of ensuring that the nation’s biggest city retains its economic dominance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

a group of people walking on a city street: Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy's Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

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Pedestrians carrying shopping bags cross a street in front of the Macy’s Inc. flagship store in the Herald Square area of New York, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index rose last week to 44.9 from 44.3 a week earlier.

In a letter, 177 business leaders, including executives from Citigroup Inc., Squarespace Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Macy’s Inc., called on Cuomo and de Blasio to formulate a strategic plan for New York’s economic recovery.

“New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter read. “We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative which can call upon the

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It’s the third in a string of letters pulled together by the Partnership for New York City, the trade group that represents big business in the city. A previous letter publicly criticized the mayor’s leadership, charging that he had failed to keep public safety and quality of life under control in the city. After de Blasio shot back at business leaders via Twitter, telling them to use their power to push Washington for stimulus funding, executives and the Partnership penned a letter to President Donald Trump asking for state and local aid.

But Friday’s letter set its sights back on New York politicians. Cuomo and de Blasio should lead the way on urban recovery in a moment when there is no national agenda for doing so, according to the letter.

Covid-19 recovery has already brought its fair share of task forces and working committees. Both Cuomo and de Blasio appointed

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Even Carrie Bradshaw has had it with Bill de Blasio!

“Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker, who started her own SJP shoe and accessories business in New York, joined the list of dozens of top business executives beseeching Gotham’s elected leaders to up their efforts to bolster the coronavirus recovery and tackle mounting qualify-of-life concerns.

But this time, the boldface business names sent their letter on Friday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — as well as Mayor de Blasio — after receiving the brushoff from Hizzoner last week.

“As the first place in America to be struck hard by the coronavirus and the first to successfully manage its containment, New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter from the Partnership for New York City says.

“We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative, which can call upon the broadest

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The Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. | AP Photo

The Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange in New York. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo

Under criticism from business leaders, Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged private employers Tuesday to begin bringing their workforces back to Manhattan offices.

De Blasio said the city is working on a plan to require its own hundreds of thousands of employees to return to work in person, though it will be phased in gradually to make sure the coronavirus stays under control.


Under the state’s reopening plan, offices have been allowed to operate at 50 percent of their legal capacity since June. Yet the vast majority of office workers have stayed away: A survey by business groups found that only 8 percent had returned by mid-August, and just over a quarter expected to be back by the beginning of the year.

“It’s time to start

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