Upcoming Events

Aaron Shkuda, urban historian and project manager of the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University, writes about the changing face of SoHo in his book The Lofts of SoHo: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, 1950-1980. Local artists Yukie Ohta and Jared Bark join the conversation and discuss affordability and gentrification from their perspectives as artists living and working in NYC. Yukie runs the SoHo Memory Project Blog and has lived in SoHo since she was a child. She is curating a SoHo oral history project for the New York Public Library. Jared currently runs Bark Frameworks in Long Island City.

SMP:NYPL

SoHo Stories Oral History Project

The oral history project we launched in partnership with The New York Public Library in January is in full swing! We’ve collected over 45 interviews thus far and are still going strong.

Click here to listen to interviews.

Thanks to everyone w
ho has volunteered to be an interviewer and those who have agreed to share their stories. If anyone else would like to participate in this program, please email me at yukie@sohomemory.org.

This project is a partnership between The SoHo Memory Project + The New York Public Library.

Volunteer Interviewers Needed!

Volunteer interviewers are still needed to help us with SoHo Stories: A Neighborhood Oral History Project. Interview your neighbors, family or friends.

To sign up, contact Alexandra Kelly at alexandrakelly@nypl.org or 212-621-0552.

The SoHo Keeping Society

canal jean button

The infamous and much collected Canal Jean button

This June and September, SMP will be visiting public parks around SoHo to collect objects for The SoHo Keeping Society.

SMP will bring its mobile museum unit, including portions of its current exhibition “SoHo 1960-1980,”  to public locations where people may bring us personal items that connect them to SoHo or somehow embody their own SoHo memories.

Items may include anything from documents to ephemera to photographs to 3-D objects. For example, you could bring us a coaster from your favorite local bar, or a jar of dirt from your window box (if you live in SoHo), or a hat you used to wear that has long gone out of fashion. As long as you can tell us why the object ties you to SoHo, we will include it in our collection!

Once collected, these items, along with their stories, will be integrated into the SoHo Memory Archive and will be part of our upcoming exhibition “The SoHo Keeping Society.” This ever-changing exhibition will be a jumping-off point to explore the myriad forms history and collective memory can embody and will foster an awareness that every community member is an integral part of its history.

To donate an item to the SoHo Keeping society, please contact us at yukie@sohomemory.org.

2 Responses to “Upcoming Events”

  1. Deborah K Holmes Says:

    What was the name of the park on lower Broadway one or two blocks above Canal? Plane trees and that gorgeous little octagonal brick building.

    • Yukie Ohta Says:

      I can’t find the name of the park but I remember that that octagonal building was our bank. I would go there with my mother back when we used bank books for withdrawals and deposits and wait in line to get cash!

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