Judy Dente

Judy Dente
Tue, 10/01/2019 - 15:41
When did you live in SoHo?


Where did you live in SoHo?

Broome Street

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

Artist’s Model

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

The electricity and spontaneity! Everyone was making music or art and artists and craftsmen from all over the world were discovering and exploring each other’s cultures. I miss the real metal grunge of the old warehouses before they gentrified into celebrity penthouses. Punk, jazz, fine art: all co-existed and created a neighborhood that had a dynamic personality. Anything could happen!

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

Danger. Riding the subway at night as a female was risky. Muggings were common.

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

I moved to Honolulu to raise my bicultural children.

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

A bar called Changes owned by Princeton mathematician, Bob Bonic. He had a great venue for live music and intellectual discourse in an atmosphere that encouraged spontaneous playfulness. I was also at a loft party once where Bob Dylan, Darius Brubeck and Perry Robinson jammed “Under the Boardwalk.” That was what it was like in SoHo in the 70s.I 

Is there anything else you would like to add to your profile?

I made a living posing for painters and sculptors in SoHo. At one point I lived on the roof of a building on Broome Street all summer in exchange for posing for oil portraits for a student at the Art Students League. It was exciting and I learned about painting, light, anatomy. Being so young (18!) and free was exhilarating and I treasure these memories of a simpler time when we communicated deeply and personally about things that really matter to our shared humanity: art, music and poetry. Humbly grateful for my blessed youth in SoHo.