As an alternative, she signed a two-year lease on a big Tudor-style home in Rego Park, Queens. “It’s very close to where I grew up,” she stated. “I guess I’m kind of going back to my start.”
Her roommate, Mr. Arnaud, is shifting to Rego Park along with her and spent the final month hauling furnishings and packing containers there to make Ms. Sampson’s end-of-August move-out date. “We all tried to talk her into getting a two-bedroom apartment nearby,” he stated. “But she wanted to remember the past. So her whole loft is there now.”
He wasn’t positive Rego Park was a good suggestion, however then once more, in addition to just a few associates, she didn’t actually have a neighborhood left in SoHo anymore, both. “Those days are over,” he stated.
“Most of the things I like are gone,” Ms. Sampson stated. Dean & DeLuca closed final 12 months and lots of the artisan retailers that adopted within the galleries’ wake disappeared way back: the nice jewellery shops, Norma Kamali and her well-known sleeping bag coats, all of the little espresso retailers and eating places. “It’s become very generic,” she stated. In addition to the Porto Rico Importing Firm, an previous neighborhood standby the place she buys espresso, the one different place Ms. Sampson retailers close by is Morton Williams.
“When someone like Linda leaves SoHo, it loses one of the sparks of light and history,” stated her buddy, Ms. Albert. “But then, the neighborhood isn’t what it was. All the people in the arts who had a skill and a talent and a dream, who came and interacted, that’s what made it so special and vibrant.
“Linda and her loft are a piece of the past,” she continued. “Another piece of the past that’s moving on.”