Jo Gangemi

Jo Gangemi
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Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:59
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When did you live in SoHo?

1969 to present

Where did you live in SoHo?

465 West Broadway
79 Mercer St
117 Mercer St(1975 to now)

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

Parent, teacher, psychiatric nurse psychotherapist

What do you miss most about SoHo in the 1970s?

The emptiness, the peace, community, quiet streets except for trucks in businesses, quirkiness, art happenings with people like Meredith Monk, free dance classes with Deborah Hay, Soho Playgroup and closeness of those families

What do you miss least about SoHo in the 1970s?

rats

If you no longer live in SoHo, why did you leave?

I still live here but regularly escape because of the streets congested with tourists and the feeling of living in a shopping mall

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

The togetherness of the community of families who formed and ran the Soho Playgroup, mutual support.

Is there anything else you would like to add to your profile?

I have great nostalgia for the past in Soho and grieve the losses of places like The Bodega, Food, the small Whole Foods that was on Prince St, etc. The photo file below was accidentally loaded and I can't seem to delete it. I don't even know what it is.