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.
Recently, I came across three short films about SoHo, Ingrid Wiegand’s “Walking,” Ming Mur-Ray’s “Surviving SoHo,” and Paul Tschinkel’s “SoHo Stories – Colette and Cindy Sherman.” Each illustrates in its own way what it was about artists’ SoHo that allowed it to flourish, albeit briefly, before gentrification crept in—a happy coincidence that presents an interesting glimpse into the everyday lives of four artists that shows us a little bit about what made artists’ SoHo tick. Read more>>
The other day, I had the pleasure of interviewing Julie Finch (formerly known as Julie Judd), dancer, choreographer, activist, and founding mother of SoHo. In 1969, with the help of her late ex-husband Donald Judd, Finch co-founded Artists Against the Expressway, a group of activist-artists that included Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, and Frank Stella, among others. The group opposed Robert Moses’ plan to build the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a ten lane elevated highway that was to run across Broome Street, thereby razing the then-thriving SoHo artist community. Needless to say, the Expressway was never built, and that’s thanks in part to Finch’s efforts. Read more>>
Former Managing Editor Allan Wolper has written a Soho Weekly News Who's Who. From Edward Gorey and Rex Reed to Bruce Springsteen, and many others in between, the numerous boldfaced names included here are a testament to the paper's journalistic excellence. Read more>>
Nov 30 2021
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.