The artist Dorothy Koppelman, now 92 years old, has lived in SoHo since 1963. Her "Broome Street Story," is an essay about how she came to SoHo and what she has been doing here over the past (gulp!) almost 50 years. There are very few people in SoHo today who can say they were here in the early-60's. Dorothy is one of them, and here is her story.
I was at a conference about SoHo the other day when I suddenly realized why there were so few children my age around when I was growing up in SoHo. It's a wonder to me that anyone in SoHo before 1971, when loft living became (semi) legal, had children at all.
My parents, like scores of other SoHo residents, had the most complicated tax returns with countless schedules, income credits and other mysterious forms that are also attached to my own 1040's but that I barely understand myself. My father's friend paints food (he makes pictures of food, he doesn't color cucumbers purple), so does that mean every meal he eats is inspiration and therefore deductible? My ex-plumber (he retired) and SoHo old timer declared long ago that his LIFE, every moment of it, is his art, so is everything deductible for him, including toilet paper and vodka?
Everyday Life in SoHo
Nov 26 2011
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.