SoHo in Transition: New York Public Library Mulberry Street Monday, October 23 – 6-8 pm!
SoHo in Transition is a three-part series concerning the SoHo community. Each session will highlight a different part of SoHo’s history, and the issues that affect it today. The aim of these conversations is to create a greater understanding of SoHo’s past, present, and future and engage dialogue that creates a greater connection among old and new residents.
Change has always been a defining feature of our city—but today it is felt with a heightened sense of alarm. The “mallification” (some might even say “mollification”) of New York City through the proliferation of big box and chain stores has erased much of what made New York unique in the world. This phenomenon is especially visible in SoHo, where chain stores have replaced the small businesses and galleries specific to the neighborhood to the point that, to many, SoHo has begun to resemble a high-end shopping mall.
SoHo has become unmoored from its history, from what makes the neighborhood singular and therefore worth celebrating. This SoHo in Transition discussion will focus on how we can preserve SoHo’s rich history and ways we can use this history to make informed decisions about its future.