@CleanUpSoho – Success – Additional Cleaning On Prince/Spring/Sullivan/Thompson Streets!!

Thanks to NYC Council Member Corey Johnson and his Chief of Staff Erik Bottcher for working hard the past few months and getting additional funding to get ACE Programs For The Homeless back into the neighborhood!  Per their request, ACE has assigned an additional worker to cover the following locations: Spring & Thompson Spring & […]

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Take Yourself On A One Hour Soho Walking Tour!

Yukie Ohta, the founder of the Soho Memory Project (and contributor to our Soho Neighborhood Guide!) announced an audio walking tour of SoHo she recently recorded. Read more below! “SoHo: Artists in Residence”  is a tour of SoHo that I narrate and that also includes the voices of Roslyn Bernstein, Susan Brundage, Ken Hiratsuka, Brett Littman, Robert Morris, […]

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CITY AGREES TO MOVE AHEAD WITH FINAL PHASE OF GVSHP’S PROPOSED SOUTH VILLAGE HISTORIC DISTRICT – Culmination of Ten Year Landmarking Campaign To Protect Historic, Endangered Area

From Richard Blodgett: It looks like the landmarking of the South Village – from Sixth Avenue to West Broadway, from Houston Street to Watts Street – may finally take place. This is great news for those of us who do not want to see any more large, inappropriate buildings like One Vandam constructed in the […]

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A Tale of Two Buildings, 55 and 57 Spring Street

Written By Minerva Durham (to contact: springstudio@earthlink.net) There is no truth, only stories.  –Thomas King Investors want to change the zoning of two buildings in the Special Little Italy District. Having purchased two adjacent structures, 55 and 57 Spring Street, for a total of more than thirty million dollars, they wish to commercialize the backyard spaces. They […]

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4 Things You Should Know About A.I.R. Rules

The word AIR has a totally different meaning here in SoHo.  (1) AIR stands for Artist In Residence.  SoHo originally was a throughway to connect Brooklyn with New Jersey via Broome Street, and there were lots of vacant buildings originally used for manufacturing garments. In the 1970s, artists saw the vacant buildings potential:  high ceilings, natural […]

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Paracelso – That Random Store On West Broadway – Will Be Closing Soon

Every time I pass 414 West Broadway, I always wonder what exactly is inside.  Last week, I saw an article that the commercial part of the building (aka the retail space) was purchased for $8.5M.  Normally stores go out of business or move once a retail space gets purchased. The store looks like a bit […]

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Thanks YIMBY! Check Out The New Building Coming To 134 Wooster!

Landmarks Approves New Six-Story Commercial Building At 134 Wooster Street, SoHo From YIMBY Proposed design for 134 Wooster Street It was back in December that YIMBY told you of Premier Equities’ plans for a new commercial building at 134 Wooster Street, located between Houston and Price streets in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. Those plans […]

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Upcoming Events At Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation

To anyone looking for events that teach you the history of downtown neighborhoods, I highly recommend the Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation (GVSHP).  I have been volunteering at the GVSHP for the past 2.5 years and have loved every minute of it.  Upcoming events include {link here}: Tuesday, November 17 – Books about Greenwich Village, […]

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‘Soho Stories’ Oral History Project Is About To Begin!

Did you know the New York Public Library (NYPL) is working with the Soho Memory Project to create an oral history series on life in Soho during the 1960’s and 1970’s? On Monday from 6-7:30 volunteers will be meeting at the Mulberry Street Library (10 Jersey Street) for a NYPL community oral history orientation session.  The orientation […]

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Cafe Borgia II Lost Their Lease – Closed On Prince Street

The stretch of Prince Street between West Broadway and Thompson Street has seen a lot of change over the past few months, first with Marisa Perry closing, Lisa Perry opening (and subsequently closing – it was a pop-up afterall), and the closure of Badichi belts. This morning, the block lost another Soho treasure, Cafe Borgia […]

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The SoHo Memory Project – Finally Met Yukie Ohta!

I was fortunate enough to meet Yukie Ohta from the SoHo Memory Project this morning! {Checked that one off my goals list!} I’ve been following Yukie for a few years and got her blogs on a somewhat regular basis.  Similar to Soho Strut, Yukie started documenting her memories for SoHo as a blog.  Each post contained artifacts about […]

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The Gap Is Losing Its Foothold In SoHo

Back in the early 2000’s, the Gap had a foothold in SoHo: 1.  Gap at Spring and Broadway (now Aritzia) 2.  Banana Republic up the street 3.  Old Navy down the street 4.  1969 Denim next to Old Navy Since 2008 its been a downward slope for the empire…around 2008, the Gap closed and continued to […]

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Scholastic To Close Their Retail Store In SoHo January 2015…

Scholastic announced their earnings and as part of their results, the CEO announced they will be closing their retail store at 557 Broadway this month! This announcement was made on December 18th, and we haven’t heard any word in the neighborhood as to the sentiment of losing a neighborhood staple for children. Maureen O’Connell, the CFO […]

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What is the SoHo Broadway BID (Business Improvement District)?

I was contacted by an NYU Journalism student to give my thoughts and insight to the SoHo Broadway BID.  It made me realize there is still a lot that I don’t know about it even though it was approved a year ago (last October 2013).  Here is the map of the SoHo buildings within the […]

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