Sure, 2006 was ages ago, but before we pile any more credit on our contemporary saviors, let’s not forget the guy who sparked the original downtown renaissance. Pre-Soho Lofts, downtown was considered a dead zone, but thanks to the risky urban vision of Sam Cherry, a torchlight project was born that lit the way to what’s happening today.
Despite the recession, Soho has steadily become a microcosm of almost everything downtown dreamers wanted 20 years ago: a grocer (Resnicks), a bar (Lady Silvia), a salon (Globe) and a gallery (Amanda Harris) enliven Soho’s streetscape below dozens of nice residences. Two retail spaces remain—add a restaurant and a café perhaps, and Soho will be complete. Cherry doesn’t just talk about the future, he builds it, and yes, they are coming. Had a slice at Pop Up Pizza yet?