Melo Porter

Melo Porter
Tue, 11/10/2020 - 16:28
When did you live in SoHo?


Where did you live in SoHo?

44 Lispenard St.

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

I was the daughter of artist parents.

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

The grime, the paint, the sound of trucks loading and unloading in the middle of the night, the egg creams at Dave’s Corner, the community of artists and their kids.

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

I miss everything equally.

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

Our building had been bought and the new owners began harassing us to leave. They shut off the electricity. They even threatened my father’s life. We ended up moving to LA, where my father began a new career writing for television.

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

Sitting under a table of wine and cheese at a gallery opening with a friend. It was thrilling to be a kid, basically unnoticed, observing this world of art and booze and sex.

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

I would like to thank Yuki, an old classmate of mine from IS70, for working so diligently to preserve these memories of ours, though it’s clearly a labor of love.