As many of you locals know, The Mercer Parking Garage on Mercer between Houston and Prince, closed its door on December 31, 2016. The garage opened in the 1960s and had been continuously operating since then. So it was already a neighborhood mainstay when I moved in next door in 1974.
I recently spoke with Jay, the owner of the garage, and found out that his family has a long history in SoHo and on Mercer Street, WAY longer than my family. The building at 165 Mercer Street was originally a factory but was converted to a parking garage when automobiles began to be popular. Apparently, during prohibition, there was also some bootlegging going on in the building as well.
Jul 02 2011
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.