Rachael Mason

Rachael Mason
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 12:25
When did you live in SoHo?

77-93 (parents there til 2003)

Where did you live in SoHo?

Grand Street between Wooster and Greene

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?


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

I lived there more in the 80s, but I loved the community. I remember playing in each other's lofts and feeling very safe. Also, I remember lots of art on the streets and hearing jazz musicians practice. I also learned to roller skate in my loft, which was cool.

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

The lack of stores. I remember walking to Houston Street when I wanted to rent videos.

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

I moved out of my parents after college and lived in the East Village an Brooklyn. I moved back a few times when I went back to school etc. My parents finally sold their loft in 2003 and moved to Brooklyn, and then, more recently to the Berkshires. The character of the neighborhood has changed so much that it is just a shell of what it once was.

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

I remember going to lots of art gallery opening as a kid. Plus it seemed that movies were constantly being shot everywhere.