Wednesday, November 24, 2010
the neighborhood in lower manhattan we now know as soho was formerly known as 'hell's hundred acres'. in 1968 this area was redefined by a group of artists who found the area on a map referred to as south of houston street or 'soho'. the many industrial buildings in this area, once used as factories and sweatshops were ideal for artists to use as work and living space. in order to obtain the rights to legally live in a manufacturing zone, the artists formed a group called 'the soho artists association'. as a result, not only did the neighborhood get a new name, 'soho' - to this very day, a rule still exists where one must be an artist - albeit a wealthy artist, in order to live in a loft in soho.
below is a photo of a view on houston street, (pronounced how-stan) a wide roadway that runs east and west from manhattan's east river to its hudson river. when I took this photo I was standing on soho's side of houston looking across the street towards greenwich village.
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