In recent years, I've largely sworn off going to SoHo, unless it's on a manageable weekday or something. SoHo on the weekends -- or at least since it's become an exclusive, high-end shopping district in the last couple of decades -- is a complete headache. `Twas not always thus, of course. I've written pieces about it here and there before, but I'd sooner steer you in the direction of my comrade Yukie's excellent SoHo Memory Project, a much more authoritative blog on the subject.
In any case, I spotted the below video yesteday, and thought I'd share it here. While the photograph above depicts the SoHo of the gritty 1970's or so (I sadly have no idea who snapped it, nor the exact year), the brief snippet below gives a fleeting glimpse of the SoHo of 1989.
I was actually spending a fair amount of time in SoHo during this era (as I describe in the links above), visiting Rocks in Your Head on Prince Street (long gone, now a real estate agency), SoHo Zat (a comic shop on West Broadway, now a deli) and a few other likely spots (most which are also long gone). I still have a few favorite places in SoHo that are still there ... notably Milady's on Prince Street and the Ear Inn on Spring Street, but by and large, the place has transformed way beyond the neighborhood I used to be so enchanted by.
Incidentally, I have no idea who Janine is, nor why she wanted you to call her about SoHo, much less why she insists on speaking in a remedial rhyme scheme.