SoHo Photos

Boys playing at Houston Street lot (image: Nancy Eder)

Ever since I put out a call for SoHo photos, I’ve received all kinds of images, of people, places, events from the 1970s through the present. I’ve included a selection below (click on any photo to view as slideshow), the beginning of what I hope turns into a much larger collection that encompasses as many SoHo stories as possible.

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12 Responses to “SoHo Photos”

  1. Fusako Ota Says:

    Thank you very much. I enjoyed so much. I was in my memory for a while after the photos.


    2018-03-31 19:01 GMT+09:00 The SoHo Memory Project :

    > Yukie Ohta posted: “Ever since I put out a call for SoHo photos, I’ve > received all kinds of images, of people, places, events from the 1970s > through the present. I’ve included a selection below (click on any photo to > view as slideshow), the beginning of what I hope turns int” >

  2. Nim Macfadyen Says:

    beautiful! I so remember the church demo and coming upon a giant statue of the Saint himself rising untouched from the rubble in the darkening evening on my way home from Fanelli’s. A lone cop was standing under a street lamp watching over the Saint, as if some crowd of revelers might walk off with him in the night.

  3. richardlowellparker Says:

    Actually, some people from Urban Archaeology did take the saint and bring it to their store. An old Italian-American man from the neighborhood, Johnny Pepe raised an alarm and in a short while, a small crowd of semi-outraged residents of the area made a beeline to the store and confronted the store owner and demanded its return. The statue can now be seen outside the church on West Houston Street near Thompson.

  4. Patricia Mulvihill Says:

    This is wonderful! I’m so interested in the history of our neighborhood. Hoping to catch a glimpse of my building at Thompson and Prince. I live in a street-level unit and heard it was a flower shop and/or a real estate office in its past life 🙂

  5. Zoé Says:

    I was heartbroken about that Church coming down. I didn’t see it until 1981 when I would walk by it everyday on my way to & from work. At that time – Summer 1981 – the rubble had been cleared away till all that remained was a wall w/ a beautiful religious mural on it. As an artist I felt so terrible about all the exquisite work that had gone into painting it being lost forever. I could not get my head round it.

    I saw a photo of it on the City’s site once. I think it may have had to come down due to some structural damage from flooding or the ground beneath it having sunken over the years or something. (From being built on Lower Manhattan filled land?). I’ve forgotten. Thanks for those great stories about the saint statue everyone!

    I really miss those local luncheonettes all over the City. Some of them had amazing simple food also. They grounded neighbourhoods w/ their mid-century signage – as other shops & businesses came & went. They’re such a loss to the City that are rarely mentioned.

    I thought the only people that did a pig roast every summer was artist/sculptor/welder Ray Kelly (who grew up on a farm in TX so makes sense) & his fellow artists at Rivington School (on the empty lot/sculpture yard they had on Rivington St.). I wonder if this person in the photo was connected to them. (They were on Rivington in the 80s. I’m not sure when they set up there. 1981? 82?).

    I was trying to remember the name of ‘Rocks in Your Head’ for ages! I walked by that everyday also. So thanks for posting that photo – lol – now I can sleep at night.

  6. Yukie Ohta Says:

    That pig roast was in the lot next to the bodega at Prince and West Broadway!

    • Zoé Says:

      I hope you didn’t think I was doubting the pig roast pictured was in Soho. I know all your posts are on Soho. (And not the LES where Rivington is). I only wondered if that photo was of the same people; since before Ray landed on Rivington he was already downtown in the City. Perhaps it is someone from the local Chinese community though. Or Italian community.

      Lol – when my husband’s Italian navy friend came to the City for the first time – to visit us around 1982 – he was shocked at the extremely high/low new/old presentation of our metropolis. He expected it to be super modern & futuristic – like the jetsons!

  7. Yukie Ohta Says:

    I did not think you doubted me. I just think it’s so funny that the pig roast took place on a lot where there is a fancy store now. I wrote a post about the pig roast back in 2011:

    • Zoé Says:

      Lol! (Left a comment there). I see I was off the mark w/ Ray/Rivington School pig roast/Chinese community/Italian community. I didn’t think of the downtown Puerto Rican community & a Bodega (re. employee Juan) w/ a “Portuguese owner”. The story about a woman calling the cops & the policeman coming back w/ bread for a sandwich is gold! Lol!

      And I never knew “paper bag hat(s)” were a thing in Manhattan. I guess they were complying w/ food preparation laws & saving money (?). Only I don’t remember any countermen/deli men/bodega men who prepped food wearing anything at all on their heads.

      I had the bugs in oatmeal in my local bodega (on 2nd Ave near 6th St. then). It was a gambling front basically. Hence the food containers were like props w/ barely anybody buying them for ages. (They mostly sold cigarettes). And I think the grain beetles can get in through the seams in the cardboard tubes when they sat for ages. Insects in bodega oatmeal – a downtown NYC rite of passage in those grittier days!

      Great post! Lol.

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