As the new condo buildings rise in SoHo, the historical perspective as to how we got here fades. Few of the swells dropping seven and even eight figure checks on the table for their new digs have much knowledge about why SoHo really is SoHo. Yes, they might know that the acronym stands for south of Houston Street, and that Warhol and Castelli were on West Broadway around the same time in the 70's, but what about the raw lofts, fixture fees and guerrilla art?
Recently, more interested in knowing why there was a line on the periphery of SoHo, not even close to the once cobblestoned West Broadway thoroughfare, lines started forming around 10 a.m. on Broome Street and 6th Avenue. It seemed like an anomaly. There were no designer clothing sales like Barney's and SoHo isn't particularly known for people willing to line up for anything. Not any more.
The crowds don’t start until some time around noon. So, it seemed like a good time to walk along West Broadway. The vendors and artists that line the sidewalks from Broome to Houston Streets used to start shortly after 8 a.m. but even at 10:00 a.m. it was certainly not crowded. Some of the artists have headed to the High Line while others have left SoHo for other parts of the country but there are still a few familiar faces.
On a beautiful, warm, sunny morning in Greenwich Village parents and children gathered on Friday to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2016 at P.S. 3. In typical downtown style the casual, colorful dress of parents, teachers and students lined up for seats while some who expected to have to stand during the ceremony had a bite at the Hudson Diner or Oscar’s. As it turned out it wasn’t necessary to get on line because there were seats for everyone.
Join us at this event that to support Queer and Queer-allied artists! They will be collecticting for the True Colors Fund, an organization that works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.
The Workers Unite! Film Festival is a non-for-profit organization intended to publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice through student and professional films. This year marks its 4th consecutive year, and will showcase 45 films in 21 days—from May 7th to 27th. Opening night is May 8th at Cinema Village.
The Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Faircelebrates its 36th year on Friday, February 20th through Sunday, February 22nd at P.S. 3 in the West Village. The 3-day event offers both the serious bibliophile and the casual browser a delightful opportunity to peruse rare and vintage books!
The New York City Community Garden Coalition marched the steps of City Hall to protest the lack of transparency and community involvement in issuing an RFQ to developers to build affordable housing on "vacant" lots throughout the 5 boroughs that are actually thriving, active community gardens.
There’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly.