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Artists' Colonies in America Artists Space Barowitz, Elliott Bayrak, Tosun Castelli, Leo Cast-Iron Architecture Cooper, Paula Dalachinsky, Steve Dance (modern) Deitch, Jeffrey Dia Foundation Fanelli's Fluxus Foreman, Richard 420 West Broadway Holography Interior Design Karp, Ivan (O.K. Harris) Kitchen, The Literature Lofts Maciunas, George Matta-Clark, Gordon Mekas, Jonas Monk, Meredith Neivestny, Ernst 112 Workshop Ordover, Jerald Paik, Nam June Performance Group Red Spot (Allen Daugherty) Reitman, Jaap Rene [Moncada] Ross, Charles Schechner, Richard Sherman, Cindy Sonic Youth Sonnabend Gallery Tierney, Hanne Tsai, Lun-Yi Tsai, Wen-Ying Vega/Suicide, Alan Video Art Whitney Counterweight Wilke, Hannah Wilson, Robert Zukin, Sharon Index

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How a little-known industrial neighborhood in New York unintentionally became a nexus of creative activity for a brief burst of time

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RICHARD KOSTELANETZ is a critical cultural historian and literary artist who has been active in New York arts for more than five decades. He moved to SoHo just as it was being developed by the arts community and his loft studio home-aptly named Wordship-became legendary. Now residing along the L-Train in FarEast BushWick, he is a rare living witness to the life and times of New York City's artistic neighborhoods.


"... Like the neighborhood it describes, Kostelanetz's cheerfully episodic book is full of odd corners, secret alleys and sudden vistas." -Publisher's Weekly (on the first edition) "Kostetlanetz's approach to the history of SoHo, with an emphasis on its heyday as a community of artists during the 1960s through the 1980s, is prismatic, covering all relevant perspectives: the history of the era, the rental laws of the period, the ethos of the community, the variety of physical layouts of the residential/studio lofts, the sort of art being produced, the stores that opened and closed in the neighborhood, the daily rhythm of activity and quiet, the gradual discovery and invasion of SoHo by a wealthier population, the economics of the locale, the surrounding neighborhoods, and much more. The cumulative effect is a complex and encyclopedic portrait of a place and time in New York City history." -- -Joyce Morgenroth Cornell University "Kostelanetz tells a great neighborhood story as important for understanding the past as for reinventing the future. Those thinking about New York City- the avant-garde, architectural preservation, urban planning, and American utopias-will find it rich and provocative." -- -Jane Mushabac co-author of A Short and Remarkable History of New York City, a "Best of the Best" of the American Association of University Presses

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