SoHo Goes Multisensory With a “Portable Historical Society”
Exploring the little-known history of a New York neighborhood important to many creatives
As gentrification in many cities continues at a breakneck pace, what is the role of those who remember the forgotten stages in the development of neighborhoods? Yukie Ohta is a member of the small but proud group who grew up in the early days of New York’s SoHo, a once-deserted industrial neighborhood that was resettled by artists throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s in order to become the high-end shopping center that it is today. Her blog, the SoHo Memory Project, is well known to those already emotionally and intellectually invested in city history, but what about bringing new enthusiasts, young and old, into the fold?