Avant-Garde's Hot Center Revisited
I love Alanna's art; I can tell immediately how good it is; I was raised by a Pacific NW artist. Childhood weekends were visits to Seattle art museums. "Don't ever ask 'What is it?'" my mother would scold/warn, fully onboard with early 20th century Modernism. Once, driving and stopped behind an open junk truck, my mother said, "Look at all those beautiful shapes." Thus, a doctorate in art by age 12.
After being certain for half a lifetime that it is pronounced SoHo rhyming with Mojo, I'm supposed to start rhyming with Sough How? Not gonna happen. I'm sticking with Mojo, and feel confirmed in that choice by your article that so beautifully transmits the mojo of SoHo.
I always figured the cross street was pronounced "Howston" so as instantly to identify out-of-towners.
I can't imagine someone planning to bulldoze Chinatown and Little Italy. It's sort of scary thinking about what they might have made of it.
Really enjoyed your SoHo article. But ain’t it grand being from the South!
Your article inspired me to look this up: http://www.nysonglines.com
Much more superficial information about what used to be where, but then it covers the entire island, more or less. I made great use of this when one of my offspring spent time at NYU in the early 2000's; probably too kludgy for modern smartphones, though.