Members of the SoHo Broadway’s mixed use community came together on the evening of Monday June 20th to celebrate the end of the SoHo Broadway Initiative’s second year. The Initiative’s 2nd Annual Meeting was generously hosted by Scholastic and was attended by 80 members of the SoHo Broadway community.
Scholastic’s VP of Creative Development, Billy DiMichelle, got the meeting started by welcoming attendees to Scholastic. “SoHo and Broadway have been the home to Scholastic for more than 23 years” said Mr. DiMichelle. He added that “during our time on SoHo’s Broadway, we have launched great series like Goosebumps, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.”
After Mr. DiMichelle welcomed the meeting’s guests, Brian Steinwurtzel, Managing Director from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and President of the Initiative came to the podium to share some opening remarks. Brian retold the story of the farmer who strengthens his own corn by sharing his seed corn with his neighbors. He added that “just like the farmer sharing his seed corn to strengthen his neighbors corn crop, the SoHo Broadway Initiative works with its neighbors to strengthen the SoHo Broadway community.”
Yukie Ohta, founder of The SoHo Memo Project opened the SoHo Broadway Visionaries panel by introducing the panelists Douglas Dunn (Douglas Dunn + Dancers), Jeffrey Gural (Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank), Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer – (Artist), Khang Tran (General Manager, Stance) and Jared Yaman (Chief Operation Officer, Boxed Wholesale) to the audience. The panel shared their thoughts about coming to SoHo’s Broadway, what keeps them here and what they think Broadway will look like in 15 years.
Following the panel discussion, the Initiative presented its first ever Cast Iron Partner Awards to individuals who contributed to the SoHo Broadway community in a significant way. The Initiative thanked and congratulated the following individuals who received a 2016 Cast Iron Partner Award: Police Officer John Addington (5th Precinct), Leigh Behnke (Resident), Pete Davies (Board Member and Resident) and William Bryant (Clean Team Member).
After the Committee and Executive Director’s Report, there was an open question and answer period. Following the questions and answers, Paul Farr, the Initiative’s Secretary held votes to approve the minutes from last year’s meeting and to elect Michelle Varian as a Class C (Residential tenant, including shareholders of residential cooperative corporations) board member.
Emily Hellstrom, Initiative Vice President thanked everyone for their hard work this past year, closed the meeting and invited everyone to stay for the reception.
Photos: Cynthia Carris, Photo Solutions NYC