at a Glance:
it was known as Soho, an acronym for SOuth of HOuston
Street, the neighborhood has gone through several transformations
over the years.
quiet residential neighborhood in the early 1800's to
cast iron wonder of the mid-19th century the area
eventually became a raunchy sweat shop-filled 20th century
slum otherwise known as "hell's
the factories and sweat shops were abandoned, artists
& hippies quietly began moving in to the area in the
1960's, squatting in buildings without electricity or
phone lines to establish a new bohemian enclave. Only
a decade later, gentrification and skyrocketing rents
forced artists out of the spacious loft apartments they
the neighborhood is the epitome of New York "trendy"
featuring upscale restaurants and wine bars, designer
fashion boutiques and art galleries all centering around
Prince Street. Although looked upon with a jaundiced eye
by most natives, Soho is most popular with tourists and
busiest on the weekends.
Note: schedule your trip around lunch time. Harking back
to its bohemian roots, most Soho stores don't open until
to get to Soho by subway: 6 train to Spring Street or
N/R to Prince Street.
to get to Soho by bus: M103 to Prince and Bowery or
M6 to Broadway and Prince Street.
about Soho around the Web:
store & restaurant map