Today marks ten years to the day that I founded SoHo Memory Project on January 1, 2011. Many of you have been with me since day one and many, many others joined us along the way. What began as a blog I thought only my mom would read has turned into a nonprofit organization with an archive that has been promised to the New York Historical Society. Together we built our collective memory of SoHo, past and present, grit and glory, from scratch.
"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.
If you grew up in SoHo in the 1970s and 80s, your childhood, looking back, was no doubt unique. Back then, though, we thought everyone grew up like us---riding bikes in the house, running under parked tractor trailers, going to loft parties late into the night. Helicopter parenting wasn’t a thing back then, and we were free to roam the empty SoHo streets doing as we pleased as long as we were home for dinner.
Everyday Life in SoHo
Sep 05 2020
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.