Bordered by Lafayette Street, Houston Street, and the western side of Broadway, SoHo is a bright and unique neighborhood. While it has been the backdrop for many commercials and films, what makes SoHo truly unique is its rich and long history.
From being the first free black settlement in the 17th century, to a vibrant artistic community in the 1960s, modern day SoHo is home to exclusive art galleries, trendy restaurants, stylish hotels, and wide-open condos and apartments. To add to its charm, the streets of SoHo are lined with cobblestones, and it has some of the most iconic, cast-iron buildings in the world.
Within New York City, SoHo is famous for its art and fashion scene – at any given time of the day, you’ll likely find a number of models and celebrities in the area. It’s also one of the most exclusive areas in the city, mainly due to the renovated warehouses which are only six stories high at most.
Most of the cast-iron buildings in SoHo were built between the 1870s and 1890s, and were primarily used as warehouses and factories. Along with impressive decorative elements like cast-iron balustrade, cornices and columns, most buildings feature open interiors, large plate glass windows, and central columns.
Some famous buildings in the area include: The Queen on Greene Street built in 1872, The Haughwout building built in 1857 on the northeast corner of Broome Streets and Broadway, and 80 Wooster Street, which was the site for the first artist co-op, and featured works by legends such as Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Philip Glass, etc.
SoHo has some of the best art galleries in the city; from the trendy OK Harris on 383 West Broadway, to the classic Franklin Bowles Galleries on 431 West Broadway, there is plenty of art within easy reach.
If galleries aren’t high on your list, then you’ll be able to see plenty of street artists selling their work along Spring and Prince streets, especially around West Broadway.
SoHo is any shopper’s paradise – this neighborhood is home to some exclusive, high-end retailers and designer stores, like Stella McCartney, Chanel, Prada, Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, etc.
Don’t want to shop designer? No problem – SoHo also has a number of sidewalk vendors who sell handmade jewelry, apparel, and artwork.
From wide expansive lofts, to pre-war, brick walk ups – this safe and friendly neighborhood has it all.
As one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city, you’ll find New York’s elite and upper middle class families living in this district.
Further towards the Hudson, modern luxury apartments, and condos for rent and sale, have also cropped up in recent times.
Residents of SoHo are surrounded by celebrity favorites including The Mercer Kitchen.
If you’re looking for a low-key experience, you have multiple options like the Club Room, which has some of the best American food, or Balthazar, famous for its French cuisine.
Looking for something sweet? Grab a cup of coffee, and a delicious piece of the pies from Ceci-Cela or Once Upon a Tart.
Whether you’re looking for a casual dining experience, or want to hang out with celebrities in trendy restaurants, SoHo really does have some of the best eateries in town.