SoHo: A Retrospective

Janes Walk

Led By Yukie Ohta, Founder, SoHo Memory Project

Discover the secrets of SoHo, hidden in plain sight! SoHo: A Retrospective is a self-guided audio walking tour that traces the origins of artists’ SoHo and is narrated by Yukie Ohta, Founder of the SoHo Memory Project. Stops include Housing Works Bookstore, Ken Hiratsuka’s sidewalk carvings, Judd Foundation, Vesuvio Bakery, and more. The walking tour is enriched by interviews with SoHo residents, authors, and artists such as Ken Hiratsuka, Richard Haas, Charles Leslie of Leslie-Lohman Museum, and Joyce Kozloff. All you need are headphones and the Gesso app, available on iOS and Android. If you can, bring a small fridge magnet with you… you’ll find out why as you’re walking!

This is an on-demand, self-guided audio tour. At the northeast corner of Houston and Broadway, download the Gesso app to get started!


The route is 1.4 miles and approximately 2780 steps, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking on the city sidewalks with the opportunity to pause and interact with local businesses. Transcripts are available for each audio story along the walking route. Listeners also have the option to listen remotely if they cannot participate on-site.

On Demand
Less than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Greene Street in SoHo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Axel Tschentscher. Modifications: photo cropped.