Still live at 70 Grand St.
The Grand St. Artists Coop 64-66-70Grand St
and The Wooster Group 31 Wooster
I am a painter as was my late husband Alan Kleiman
who passed away in Dec. 2016.
The spirit of early Soho-there were only a few of us then-and most of us knew each other.
We could let our dog Commando out without a leash
in the evening when all the trucks were gone.
There were few stores here then-and the closest was Grand Union. So it was a trek even if all you needed was a quart of milk and bread.
So many memories-we used to have home grown street parades,the stuff that was thrown out in the street and we'd collect treasures. Probably the camaraderie of neighbors helping each other is what I really miss.
Having shows in early galleries-Hansen Gallery on Wooster St. and Frank Marino Gallery on Broome St.
where Gourmet Garage is now.
Early Soho had few kids- our daughter Andrea Kleiman went to school in the Village and had only a few friends her age in Soho.
We've seen Soho change so much from an artist and manufacturing community to an upscale area of NYC.