John David Murray

John David Murray
Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:36
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When did you live in SoHo?


Where did you live in SoHo?

489 Broome Street 3rd Floor

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

artist and cook

What do you miss most about SoHo in the 1970s?

Rent for 5,550 sq ft was $550 per month

What do you miss least about SoHo in the 1970s?

I enjoyed my time in SoHo

If you no longer live in SoHo, why did you leave?

For a job opportunity

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

Kenn and John's Broome Street Bar

My first job in New York was working as the first cook at “Kenn and John's Broome Street Bar” when they opened their business in 1972. I was hired by John Freeman who I had met at The Yale Norfolk Art Program in the summer of 1967.

Kenn and John were great people to work for. They both were very creative and shared a vision to open a bar and restaurant that would bring in local artists, celebrities and people from uptown while remaining a favorite neighborhood place to go.