This fall, Detour came out with “SoHo: Artists in Residence” a GPS triggered audio tour of SoHo that I narrate, and that also includes the voices of Roslyn Bernstein, Susan Brundage, Ken Hiratsuka, Brett Littman, Robert Morris, Barbara Rose, and Shael Shapiro. This one-hour tour takes you through the streets of SoHo while I point out little-known historical sites that are “hidden” in plain sight. I also tell personal anecdotes about what it was like to grow up in artists’ SoHo.
SMP on Conversations with Allan Wolper
In 2015, I was interviewed by Allan Wolper, former Editorial Director of the SoHo Weekly News, for his WBGO radio show “Conversations with Alan Wolper.” We talked about SMP, SoHo then and now, and what it was like to grow up in 1970s SoHo.
The area that would eventually become SoHo was marshland until the 1640's when it was settled by freed slaves. The Dutch granted them land on the outskirts of New Amsterdam to create a buffer zone that would protect them from invasions by Native Americans. (Image: 1639 map of Manhattan by Joan Vinckeboons)
Before SoHo was SoHo
Shantytown at Houston and Mercer Streets 1935 (photo: MCNY by Berenice Abbott)
Before SoHo was SoHo…
The oldest (former) brothel still standing in NYC is at 105 Mercer Street