Bill Beckley

Bill Beckley
Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:29
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When did you live in SoHo?

1971 to present

Where did you live in SoHo?

Wooster street 

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

I took over the classes at SVA of Vito Acconcii my then best friend. Temporarily Then the school gave me the he classes permanently. They also gave him back his classes.

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

I miss my best friend Gordon Matta Clark.
I miss the attitude of Art over all. I miss the way we communicated with each other.
I miss the sex. We worried about pregnancies
We worried about herpies. We didn’t worry about covid since it was as the a word.

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


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

I still live in soho at the same address which under the ownership of The art dealer Paula Cooper became rent stabilized.

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

Singing “Walkin down Broom lookin at the moon.” With Gordon  and Jeffery Lew and Suzi Harris.

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

I have been lucky in life choosing my living quarters, and many other things including having  my 2 sons. With my wife Laurie, Tristan age 25 and Liam age 20.
SOHO - standing for South of Houston was not even called that when I arrived there in 1971. It It was called “Downtown”
And as I mentioned in my previous note, the streets were named after revolutionary War Generals, Sullivan MacDougal , Mercer, etc
I am very happy to be a present resident of
Soho. The cafe Finelli is there  bought by a lawyer  from the original owner Mr. Finelli. The newish owner kept everything the same as  the original Finelli. Since 1970. My loft, 7R was a bead factory. I am happy and blessed to have 155 Wooster street 7th floor as my address. Gordon Matta my best friend then,  told me about the loft. He lived on the 8th floor.
I love New York, and I love Soho. soho got it’s name from South of Houston. but it was also taken from an area in London.
I did respond previously,
But you may not have received it.
This is a great project, there is so much more