As an alternative, she signed a two-year lease on a big Tudor-style home in Rego Park, Queens. “It’s very near the place I grew up,” she mentioned. “I suppose I’m sort of going again to my begin.”
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. “All of us tried to speak her into getting a two-bedroom condominium close by,” he mentioned. “However she needed to recollect the previous. So her complete loft is there now.”
He wasn’t certain Rego Park was a good suggestion, however then once more, apart from a couple of associates, she didn’t actually have a group left in SoHo anymore, both. “These days are over,” he mentioned.
“A lot of the issues I like are gone,” Ms. Sampson mentioned. Dean & DeLuca closed final 12 months and lots of the artisan retailers that adopted within the galleries’ wake disappeared way back: the fantastic jewellery shops, Norma Kamali and her well-known sleeping bag coats, all of the little espresso retailers and eating places. “It’s grow to be very generic,” she mentioned. In addition to the Porto Rico Importing Firm, an outdated neighborhood standby the place she buys espresso, the one different place Ms. Sampson retailers close by is Morton Williams.
“When somebody like Linda leaves SoHo, it loses one of many sparks of sunshine and historical past,” mentioned her good friend, Ms. Albert. “However then, the neighborhood isn’t what it was. All of the individuals within the arts who had a ability and a expertise and a dream, who got here and interacted, that’s what made it so particular and vibrant.
“Linda and her loft are a chunk of the previous,” she continued. “One other piece of the previous that’s shifting on.”