Art: Bohemia's Last Frontier

Once it was Greenwich Village. Then it was Chelsea, Coenties Slip and the Bowery. Now the place to be, if you are a young New York artist with nowhere to go but up, is the city's newest bohemia: a dingy, littered area of 19th century factory buildings called SoHo (because it is south of Houston Street). Before the '60s, few outsiders braved SoHo's trash and traffic except architecture buffs, who admired the area's Italianate cast-iron facades. But for some 2,000 to 3,000 artists today, the neighborhood has become a last refuge from the high rents, cramped spaces and commercial pressures uptown.


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