Covid Redux

“New York is not the place that it was. Everyone’s leaving.” — Donald Trump As the helicopters flew overhead, no doubt searching for wayward protestors, West Broadway was like a walk down memory lane. Several of the restaurants were closed and gone while others were holding on, no doubt in anticipation of the second round […]

Vote Early and Often

— Al Capone One thing that has been learned in SoHo from the BLM movement, regardless of social movements and world-changing cultural upheavals, is that you have to board up your storefronts if things get testy. Apparently, whether Republican or Democrat, glass windows are a constant. This is what democracy now looks like. From Broadway’s […]

Real Estate in SoHo

“Landlords grow rich in their sleep.” — John Stuart Mill With several new condo projects stalled, like the Renzo Piano towers at 565 Broome and hotels like The James and The Dominick closed since March, you would think that rentals were doing well. Not so. Of course, landlords cling to the belief that this pandemic […]


“When you’re going through Hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill Businesses in SoHo face a daunting future. For the moment, many fewer people have ventured onto the streets and sidewalks. Most of the vehicular traffic consists of autos streaming into the Holland Tunnel along Broome Street. There isn’t much foot traffic despite the fact that […]

The Rich White Guy Criminal Justice Ploy

After writing about the corruption in the Hamptons for nearly a decade, Freedom of Speech finally has come full circle. It took a decade of writing articles and blogs, numerous discussions and arguments and four years in prison for a simple point of view: that corruption in the Hamptons was both pervasive and endemic and […]

The Big Short Redux — Part One

For those of you who enjoyed The Big Short, both the film and the book by Michael Lewis, the story behind it is both elucidating and entertaining. The film was entertaining but the book was descriptive of the period on Wall Street that directly contributed to the collapse of the economy in 2008-9. The basic […]


by themr.normanmaine Bear with me because this story needs a back story… When I first moved to Harlem seven years ago I really had no idea what to expect. I was coming from the familiar comfort of the west village, from an apartment I had lived in for 25 years and was forced out of […]

ART OF INTELLIGENCE: Rainy Street Stories

Retired Army Counterintelligence Officer John Davis has published his second book, “Around the Corner: Reflections on American Wars, Violence, Terrorism and Hope.” Look for that review here in September. The following was originally posted on October 29th, 2013. Having created a section of the SoHo Journal many years ago that fosters an appreciation for the creative talent […]

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