Vered Lieb

Vered Lieb
Wed, 07/18/2018 - 14:12
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When did you live in SoHo?


Where did you live in SoHo?

Canal and Wooster-firstloft-5 years

85 Mercer Street- 40 years

What was your occupation when you lived in SoHo?

Painter Part time waitress at Magoos, co-founder of "Appearances" magazine and founder/editor of "Re-view: Artists on Art" magazine.

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

The vibrant arts community. The building of our lofts to make them livable. The help neighbors gave each other in trading construction skills. Building the lofts together. Seeing each other's art and encouraging each other. Sharing ideas and materials. Knowing everyone when you walked down the street or went to the store for groceries. Having my named called out when I entered Spring StreetBar or Magoo's, or Faneli's,

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

The danger to women walking dark streets at night coming from waitress and bar tending jobs. We were not supposed to be living here so we could not complain about the street lights being out. We could not call the cops for the same reason.

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

I still live here but I am getting squeezed out by the super rich. It is just a matter of time. I am stubborn and have tried to stay in the loft my husband and I built and raised our kids in. I thought we could live here until we died. But it is no longer cheap to live here even if you own your space.

What is your most vivid SoHo memory?

Meeting talented people from all over the world and from places in the United States that I had never heard of. They came, every year, the best and the brightest from rural, agricultural and cosmopolitan places and they all ended up here trying to build old lofts into studios and to make themselves famous. Andy Warhol walked and hung out among us, Henry Miller too, Blondy sang at Arturos, Phillip Glass bought my piano when I needed rent money.

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

I walk the streets of Soho and still see it as it was. Oh, I know it has changed beyond recognition, but I walk with the many ghosts of friends gone and places much changed. Yet it lives in my heart because I gave it my youth and my energy. I suffered poverty and the cold, but always believed in what we all were trying to do: to articulate our artistic and human freedom to the utmost. I still believe that is the role and right of the arts. Soho Lives!