The Local East Village: In NoHo, a Neighborhood Watchdog Forges a Team of Power Brokers
By By RAY LEMOINE
Published: March 23, 2012
…..At the inaugural meeting of the group, held last fall at B-Bar before a panorama of NoHo, the owners of The Smile (a cafe that was once in Ms. Jones’s crosshairs) sat next to Peter Hoffman, a Great Jones Street resident who runs the two Back 40 restaurants. Next to him sat paint-splattered Jorge Ulrich, formerly the director of the public art wall at Houston and Bowery and currently director of The Hole gallery. There were art dealers, bankers, poets, and hoteliers.