Did you know there was a Saint of SoHo? The Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori on West Broadway near Canal was demolished in 1981. After a failed attempt to convert the lot into a park, the Soho Grand was built in 2006, the first hotel to open in SoHo in over a century.
Parsons students meld history and fashion into a design for a shift. The finished product presents a visual interpretation of SoHo from the point of view of designers who were all born after the transformation of SoHo from a community of artists to a retail hub—blank slates in a way, in that they never experienced SoHo as anything but the home of Kanye and Nine West.
For a neighborhood that had, aside from one church that was torn down, no houses of worship, no schools to speak of, and few restaurants, SoHo sure had a lot of bars. And many of them seemed to have been named for the street on which they were located. Other than THE BAR, i.e. Fanelli's (see my post on Fanelli's here), there was the Spring Street Bar, the Prince Street Bar, the Greene Street Cafe, and, of course, Bob and Kenn's Broome Street Bar.
Mar 10 2012
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.