SOHO (WPIX)—So much has changed in SoHo since Etan Patz vanished in May 1979.
The corner bodega where his confessed killer, Pedro Hernandez, once worked, is now a trendy eyeglasses shop.
Claudia Levy moved into this neighborhood in 1974. She says at that time, letting a child out into the neighborhood - unattended - was the norm.
"You never would expect anything would happen to a child. It was unconscionable," Levy told PIX11 News.
That is until news spread of a young boy named Etan Patz who walked alone to the bus stop one day and disappeared.
In the age of helicopter parenting, the thought of sending off a child alone, to walk down a Manhattan street might seem, well - unthinkable.
Etan Patz opened a new chapter for so many lives here and, now, one is likely coming to a close.