Susan Gardner

Susan Gardner
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Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:51
When did you live in SoHo?

1951-1962

Where did you live in SoHo?

458 west broadway-5th floor

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

i was kid by profession but my stepdad was the painter Harlan Jackson

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

was not there -but i have many tales to tell before it was officially soho -- when it was an unlabeled edge of little italy or the rag and paper district--so many stories about the life then and the artists who were moving into the lofts-once it was soho tourist spot thsat sort of ended

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

again left in the 60s but i do not miss the 5 long flights of stairs or heating the loft with a space heater and a fireplace so it was cold as hell in the morning or not being able to answer the door incase it was the building inspectors

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

my parents split up and sold the loft

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

the long and happy friendship i had with sol lewitt who lived on the 2nd floor of our buildingalso the huge fire across the street where 4 firement died and sol saved me from being burned up

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

when i grew up i choose to live in a house with rooms and doors--there is no privacy or silence in a loft- below is a photo of my stepfather Harlan Jackson in our loft-- it cost 75 bucks a month and i think my parents were the only inter-racial couple in the area then