SoHo (which stands for South-of- Houston) extends from West Houston to Canal Streets, from Boweryt o the Hudson River. Once a drab manufacturing area, artists began moving here in the early 1970's.Attracted by cheap, gigantic lofts, they turned them into homes and galleries. SoHo has since developed into a beautiful and trendy neighborhood. Though it remained a hidden bargain for many years, Soho has arrived as an upscale residential and retail neighborhood. Surrounded by 19th century cast iron architecture, it is famous for its shops, galleries and some of the city's best restaurants.
SoHo is New York City’s largest landmark district – and currently one of the most eclectic and remarkably attractive areas in the city. Bordered by Broadway, the Hudson River, and Houston and Canal streets, SoHo streets bustle with trendy cafés and posh boutiques. At night, SoHo – whose name derives from the phrase “south of Houston Street” – transforms into an electric, eclectic urban playground with an array of exclusive restaurants and buzzing lounges.
Before its incarnation as a trendy locale, in the early 19th Century SoHo was known as the Cast Iron District. For historical and preservation buffs, SoHo now offers about 250 of those cast iron warehouses as large loft-style commercial and residential buildings. Since the 1960s, many successful and renowned artists, photographers and designers who prefer to live and work in the same locale have enjoyed the large working space and light offered by these lofts. Also SoHo’s proximity to the bohemian nightlife of Greenwich Village, the traditional cuisine of Little Italy, and the film center of Tribeca make it a natural fit for the cosmopolitan New Yorker.
In addition to its art galleries, this neighborhood hosts the Guggenheim Museum Soho, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of African Art. Theaters, from small spaces like the Here cafe, to more established off-Broadway venues On weekend days, the streets of Soho are packed with shoppers, but at night, things quiet down, and the bar scene is generally laid back and casual.
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