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To claim to be the heart and soul of such a large and diverse city is certainly bold but SoHo rises to the occasion. SoHo NYC is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City featuring an incredible variety of trendy retail options, some of the world’s finest art galleries and restaurants of many styles.
All of this comes with the magical backdrop of some of NYC most historical buildings, cobblestone streets and an avant garde atmosphere. SoHo is truly one of the hippest places in New York City.
SoHo is a shortened version of “South of Houston,” Houston being pronounced “how-stun.” The area is bounded by Houston St. on the North, W. Broadway to the West, Canal St. to the South and Crosby St. on the East. SoHo is surrounded by the neighborhoods of the West Village, Little Italy and Tribeca.
By the late 1800’s, SoHo NYC was home to many textile factories, but as these industries followed the move of the population further uptown, smaller similar companies moved in. During the 1960’s and 1970’s artists flocked here and helped establish the current avant-garde vibe. The large spaces with natural light and low rent were exactly what these artists were seeking at the time. It later became a destination for tourists looking for expensive and fashionable clothing and beautiful architecture.
Property in SoHo is now some of the most sought after in New York. SoHo is also home to the largest collection of buildings with cast iron facades in the world. (Louisville, KY is the second largest)
Many celebrities call this part of town home and it is very common to see them amongst the locals and in the neighborhood shops, boutiques and restaurants. Many movies and fashion photographers choose SoHo as a backdrop due to its unique feel. Spiderman, Men In Black, Ghost, Raising Helen and After Hours are just a few of the films that have been shot on location here.
SoHo is an essential destination to visit, while in New York and holds a bountiful and unforgettable experience for all who venture here. The hipster vibe with the mixture of retail, fashion and fun make the perfect combination.