Warren Leshen

Interviewed By Lee Leshen

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warren leshen (00:45)
69 years old (00:48)
5 years old (01:04)
fabric business (01:09)
Canal St (01:18)
textiles (01:30)
below canal (01:47)
giant mills (01:49)
mills moved uptown (02:13)
1950 (02:43)
left people who traded textiles (03:44)
no soho (03:49)
14 yrs old (03:59)
spartacus (04:05)
108 worth street (04:29)
city hall park (05:21)
fireworks (07:35)
jd card (07:54)
scam (08:40)
card (08:46)
444 Bdwy (09:37)
5 stories (09:54)
Aquamar (10:05)
10 Crosby (10:15)
rolls of fabric (10:52)
100 lb (11:11)
Acme Lock (11:46)
sell (12:12)
140,000$ (13:29)
1972 (14:08)
1965 (14:16)
warehouse (15:23)
sewing factories (15:36)
infant clothing (16:23)
used furniture (17:21)
wall st (17:51)
married (18:16)
1969 (18:19)
rego park (18:29)
bdwy/broome (19:46)
Howitt Bldg (21:03)
rolltop desk (22:33)
scraps (38:49)
fire trap (40:01)
fire codes (40:31)
Jewish (42:17)
Dave's Corner (42:48)
chocolate eggcreams (42:54)
seltzer, milk, syrup (42:57)
Nedicks (44:09)
Little Italy (44:31)
neighborhood (51:45)
Canal Jean (53:27)
army surplus (53:33)
Canal Jean (53:38)
bdwy (53:53)
dye army surplus (54:07)
Pearl Paint (56:54)
Super B drugs (57:12)
The textile makers were there and would still be there except for the imports knocking out US Mills (58:43)
400-500 separate textile wholesalers (59:11)
none left (01:01:11)
retailers (01:01:14)
surplus stores (01:07:13)
William DeFoe (01:10:25)
Meryl Streep (01:10:36)
Sondra Bullock (01:10:58)
Brooke Sheilds (01:11:17)
Tom Hanks (01:12:46)
444 Bdwy (01:14:27)
1972 (01:14:34)
451-453 Bdwy (01:14:38)
residential (01:16:21)
1982 (01:16:54)
warehouse NJ (01:21:15)
garment center (01:21:55)
waiting (01:22:17)
9/11 (01:23:30)
2003 (01:24:22)
2007 (01:24:30)
Soho will not go backwards (01:28:32)
end (01:30:09)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
May 24, 2016
Place of birth
Brooklyn, New York
Occupations
President of Dukane Fabrics
Dates in Neighborhood
1972 to date of interview
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About This Collection

SoHo Stories: A Neighborhood Oral History Project

This oral history project is a partnership between The New York Public Library and The SoHo Memory Project. This project will collect oral histories of people who have lived or worked in SoHo and train community members to conduct these interviews.  Longtime residents and those who have worked in SoHo are invited to share their neighborhood stories, documenting the past and present history of these communities.  Interviews will be available in a preservation archive at The Milstein Division for U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy, as well as on the New York Public Library website.