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SoHo: Artists in Residence

Starts at:

The North West corner of Prince Street and Broadway, SoHo

Duration:

60 minutes

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Yukie Ohta grew up in 1970’s SoHo when it was the epicenter of the New York Art world. Her dad was a working artist and her family lived in an old cast iron warehouse where world-renowned artists were their neighbors, friends, and sometimes, plumbers. Now she is the neighborhood archivist, memorializing the groundbreaking creativity in SoHo over the last 100 years.

Yukie will show you the neighborhood’s hidden artworks, how this artist community bubbled up in a neighborhood that the city had largely forgotten, and how even the high-end designer shops that line the street today give a nod to the artistic past of the neighborhood.

Along the way, you’ll discover an astonishing sculpture hidden in plain sight and the secrets of New York’s old cast iron buildings. You’ll peruse the shelves of the same industrial supply store where artists found their inspiration and take an elevator up to a bohemian artist's loft that now only exists to sell expensive designer goods. You’ll even see New York City’s oldest brothels and visit some of its oldest bars. Walk with Yukie through a neighborhood and era that changed Downtown culture, the city itself -- and even the question of "what is art?"

Tips & Hours

  • This Detour can be taken any time, any day, but is best between 11am and 4pm, Wednesday to Saturday, when all stops on the tour are open.

  • This Detour begins just outside the Prince Street Subway stop on the N/ Q/ R line.

  • This Detour ends at an old SoHo bar and restaurant. Be sure to bring some cash or a credit card for food and drink if you’d like to eat after your tour.

  • The final stop is within walking distance from Subway lines A / C / E, 1 / 2, and N / Q / R.