Elie Hirschfeld

Elie Hirschfeld
Fri, 10/23/2020 - 15:18
When did you live in SoHo?


Where did you live in SoHo?

I lived at the townhouse at 184 Sixth Avenue between Spring and Prince Streets.

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

I was a student at NYU Law School.

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

I miss my youth. I miss that feeling of being near my school, Washington Square park, and the curious relationship between myself and the rawness of the neighborhood, part Italian families, part warehouse industrial and new bars opening every month.

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

Nothing bad about it at all.

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

I gentrified during my life, leaving Soho to Sutton Place while working in a FiDi (not yet so named) Wall Street law firm.

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

Going to the only 2 bars around, the Spring St. Bar and the Prince St. bar.  Then every 3 months another bar would open and we get in easily, until they got their liquor license and they got so busy.  But a new bar started up immediately.

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

I remember going to a newstand and reading a headline, "New Neighborhood Soho.  I wondered where that was.  Lo and behold, I learned that was the new name for where I was living.