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Watch 400 years of history on just one block in Soho

Rebecca Fontana

Did you know the Dior Homme store used to be a brothel? There’s an insane amount of history on one tiny 486-foot block in NYC—delve into the backstory of Greene Street between Houston and Prince Street in Soho, New York, with the Greene Street Project from NYU professor Bill Easterly.

This one-and-a-half minute video shows how the block transitioned from a red-light district in the late 1800s to the home of luxury retail shops in Soho and a giant Apple Store. For even more on the New York City history of this one block, check out the interactive map on Easterly’s site, which lets you see before-and-after photos of specific addresses and watch an NYC storefront turn from a squatter’s camp into a trendy coffee shop. 

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