Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for the SoHo Scrapbook!
These images give us a glimpse into everyday life in SoHo, then and now. Above, a slideshow in random order, below, photos with captions by person.
I hope this "scrapbook" provides some welcome diversion from our grim present. If you have photos you'd like to add, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them here. Remember, a photo of a photo from your phone is fine, no fancy scanner necessary. And submissions can be from any time as long as they are related to SoHo.
A while back, StoryCorps invited SMP to record conversations about old SoHo at their StoryBooth in Foley Square. Among the pairs of people I brought with me were longtime friends artist Joyce Kozloff andElizabeth Weatherford, founder of the Film and Video Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. This forty-minute interview conducted in the StoryCorps signature format, a conversation between two people who know each other well, is a treasure trove of stories about two young women making their way to SoHo in the early 1970s and what happened during the forty-plus years that followed. Read more>>
Today marks ten years to the day that I founded SoHo Memory Project on January 1, 2011. Many of you have been with me since day one and many, many others joined us along the way. What began as a blog I thought only my mom would read has turned into a nonprofit organization with an archive that has been promised to the New York Historical Society. Together we built our collective memory of SoHo, past and present, grit and glory, from scratch.
"I don’t think people who move to places because of the artists and the neighborhood vibe understand that their privilege of having deep pockets displaces the people who created the vibe that attracted them in the first place, and then the neighborhood goes to shit. "
A conversation about growing up in SoHo between Tina Cane and Sasha Baguskas, life-long friends who met each other in 4th grade at PS 41, circa 1978. They discuss loft living, rollerskating, rats, and much more.
Everyday Life in SoHo
Nov 01 2020
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.