"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.
Today's guest post is by my (former) neighbor Michael Gentile, who recently moved out of SoHo after being in, out, and around the neighborhood for the last 30 years. He expresses the sentiments of a growing number of long-time residents who lament the fact that SoHo has transformed to a point of being unrecognizable to them.
As many of you locals know, The Mercer Parking Garage on Mercer between Houston and Prince, closed its door on December 31, 2016. The garage opened in the 1960s and had been continuously operating since then. So it was already a neighborhood mainstay when I moved in next door in 1974.
Feb 04 2017
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.