SoHo (or South of Houston Street) is known for its posh shopping, trendy art galleries, cobblestone streets, and cool vibe. Located in Lower Manhattan, it’s easily accessible on foot from other Downtown hoods. Find out why you should visit SoHo, the major attractions, and why you might want to call this neighborhood home during your trip to NYC.
SoHo Neighborhood Vibe
Posh, expensive, artsy.
Top Attractions in SoHo
- Art Galleries
- Cast Iron Architecture
Where Is SoHo?
Staying in SoHo
SoHo is a great neighborhood to stay in. There’s plenty to do and see within walking distance. You can easily walk to Chinatown, Little Italy, NoLita, NoHo, TriBeCa, the Lower East Side, and Greenwich Village from here. The East Village is also not far away.
The neighborhood is bound by major thoroughfares (Broadway runs down the east side of the neighborhood, Houston Street runs along the north, and Canal runs along the south), so it’s easy to catch a cab.
The C, B, D, F, 6, R, W, and 1 trains serve SoHo, so it’s easy to get pretty much anywhere from here.
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Chelsea – A 40-minute walk north of SoHo, Chelsea is also known for its artsy vibe. There are plenty of famous art galleries and boutiques here. It’s famously home to the High Line elevated park.
TriBeCa – SoHo’s neighbor to the southwest, TriBeCa has a similar artsy vibe, albeit a little more industrial. It’s slightly more residential.
Williamsburg – A 40-minute subway ride away from SoHo, Williamsburg is located in Brooklyn. Though considered trendy, this hood has a lower brow vibe that’s rampant with hipster rather than high-end fashion. If street art is your thing, head here as you’ll see just as much here (if not more) as you would in SoHo.
Why You Should Visit SoHo
Architectural: Once referred to as the Cast Iron District, SoHo has around 25o cast iron buildings. One of the most famous is the Haughwout Building. The former Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sits on the edge of SoHo and Greenwich Village. The Puck Building is another famous structure.
Historic: SoHo was once New York City’s garment district for over 100 years. It was also the original Times Square and 5th Avenue shopping district. The best way to visit this neighborhood is to take a tour of it.
Shopping/Fashion: One of the most famous areas for shopping and fashion in New York City, SoHo’s main attraction is its stores. Many of the main department stores are on Broadway, while the boutiques and high-end stores are mostly on the side streets. Check out a full list of stores in SoHo. Or, take a shopping tour!
Foodie: SoHo is home to many famous (albeit pricey) restaurants. Dominique Ansel Bakery (home of the Cronut and voted #1 bakery in the world in 2017), Balthazar’s, Lure Fishbar, and Fanelli’s are some of my favorites.
Religious: St. Patrick’s Old Basilica (the precursor to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown) is on Prince Street. Heads up: it’s much smaller than its more famous predecessor.
Celebrity: I’ve seen more celebrities in SoHo than in any other NYC neighborhood combined. Many celebs live here, and with sky-high rents, they’re the ones who can afford it.
Cinematic: Dozens of movies have been filmed in SoHo. Demi Moore’s apartment in the movie Ghost was located on Greene Street. I regularly see filming on Greene and Prince Streets. In fact, thanks to all the filming in this neighborhood, you’ll recognize SoHo the moment you step foot here.
Like a Local: Hundreds of New Yorkers call SoHo home. They also work, shop, eat, and drink here.
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