Despite the suffocating amount of luxury stores, there are still some small pockets of Soho that retain the neighborhood’s old gritty art spirit. As you pass The Performing Garage, where experimental troupe The Wooster Group and others still rehearse and perform, you’ll now encounter an new and improved iteration of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. After lengthy renovations, the museum has reopened and nearly doubled in size with Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting, an exhibition rich in the history and scope of queerness and the artistic expression surrounding it.
First Jerry Delakas’s Astor Place newsstand shuttered and now New Corner Magazine, on St. Marks and Third Avenue — rated one of Racked’s Best International Newsstands in Manhattan — is a wiry, splintery, cigarette butt-laden wreck. Renovation is underway. Why? “It was old,” said one construction worker. “It’s not that exciting.”