Sean Sweeney, Director of the SoHo Alliance, recently shared his fabulous collection of postcards from SoHo restaurants with me (he is an avid postcard collector). Some of the restaurants are long gone, some recently gone, some still hanging on. I thought this would be a great way to close out the year. Tune in next month for a deeper dive into some of our favorite eateries. Cheers, bon appétit, and see you in 2019!
What is SoHo Memory Project and why did you create it?
Last summer, Or Szyflingier, a very talented and ambitious CUNY student, asked me these questions, and she and her fellow students filmed me as I answered them. The result is The SoHo Memory Project, a documentary short film (14 minutes) that artfully and concisely captures the who, what, when, where, why, and how of SMP from its inception to its future, all the while telling the story of SoHo’s transformation from a declining manufacturing zone to an artist community to a retail hub. Or and her team did a wonderful job capturing the work that I do. Watch the film here>>
After almost twenty years in SoHo, designer Michele Varian’s namesake interior design and décor store has relocated to Brooklyn. As it was one of the few remaining truly independent stores in the neighborhood, I was saddened by the store's departure, but not surprised.
It’s been quite a while since I did a straight-up SoHo memory post. This past year I covered a SoHo artist’s story, SoHo zoning, SoHo in YA literature, and a proposed SoHo museum. So I thought it would be nice to end the year by going back to our roots with a compilation of SoHo memories from readers and from yours truly. In the photo above, my sister and I play in front of the freight elevator in our very messy loft, ca. 1972. Read on for my memories of the elevator, along with remembrances of SoHo from friends and family.
Nov 01 2019
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.