Soho District, New York City

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    Soho Ladders

    by akkipaa Written Feb 22, 2013

    Many of us who have watched movies and TV series have seen these ladders, or similar around New York. There were a TV serie "Tales from Soho" and of episode was named according to the ladders (The Ladder). The serie is older than I am, so I think only seniors remember, of course there might have been some re publishing.

    The ladders are nice and somehow peculiar to us, I think that there are no single these type of ladders in our country.

    Have fun in Soho!

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    lovely area for a wander

    by clareabee Written Dec 7, 2009

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    There are a few streets here once you get off the main one that are quite quiet. Some fabulous shopping around here and an abundance of art galleries if that is your thing, although have to say many are rather pricy!

    The wrought iron work here is something to look at if you like that (which I do!) and this was probably my favourite place to shop. Far more relaxing and some lovely shops (although some very expensive!)

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    SoHo

    by MM212 Updated Nov 4, 2009

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    If you have seen the 1985 Martin Scorsese film "After Hours", then you know what SoHo was like only two and a half decades ago. The district was one of the most rundown and perhaps dangerous neighbourhoods in Manhattan. Not so much today, for it has changed several times since then and is now one of the most desirable and expensive in New York. The area, named SoHo as an abbreviation to SOuth of HOuston Street, developed in the second half of the 19th century, when many beautiful cast-iron buildings were erected to serve as warehouses and factories. By 1960, most had shutdown or moved elsewhere leaving the large spaces with unusually high ceilings to be occupied by nascent artists who needed the space and light. The entire neighbourhood escaped demolition in the late 1960s thanks to the effort of preservationists, but it did not reemerge until the late 80s/early 90s when many art galleries took up spaces here due to proximity to the artists. Along with the artists, came new and young fashion designers, then in the late '90s artists' lofts were converted en masse to luxury residential lofts, which in turn attracted high-end designer shops such as Prada, Armani and Chanel, to name a few. Nowadays, SoHo is one the trendiest areas in Manhattan offering a mix of great high-end shopping, restaurants and art galleries. But the greatest charm of the district lies in its unique architecture and cobblestone streets.

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    Walk SOHO, South of Houston

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Mar 26, 2009

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    Soho is one of my favorite neighborhoods to walk on a Saturday afternoon or early Sunday. It is particularly charming in the warm months. There are fabulous shops and restaurants, my favorite being Balthazar.

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    South of Houston

    by toonsarah Written Nov 12, 2008

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    We’d visited SoHo when last in New York 26 years ago. At that time it was a relatively recently “discovered” area, with lofts being developed in the old warehouses and a few trendy shops, cafés and bars starting to spring up. We were keen to go back and see what it looked like after all this time. Would it have been spoiled? Would it have started to go downhill? Would we still like it?

    As it turned out, we had a really good afternoon walking its streets, checking out a few galleries, eating lunch in a French style café (see my Restaurant tip on Le Petit café), shopping at a small craft market, taking photos and generally taking in the atmosphere.

    The name SoHo is a blend of "South" and "Houston" from "south of Houston Street" and was invented when the area underwent its transformation into a trendy hot-spot. Prior to that, it was known as the Cast Iron District because it contains the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world – well over 200 buildings. Cast iron was used in the mid nineteenth century to provide a decorative front to smarten up an old building, and later whole buildings in SoHo were later designed to feature the cast iron. Cast iron was quick to build with and cheaper than materials such as stone or brick: ornamental features could be prefabricated in foundries and broken pieces could be easily recast. Some of these features can be seen in my photos.

    In the 1960s the area was threatened with demolition to make way for a new Expressway, but pressure from historians and activists saved it. In the 1970s artists started to move into the area, attracted by the large spaces in the run-down industrial units, and the revival and eventual gentrification of SoHo had begun. Nowadays trendy boutiques and bars line its streets, and it’s a popular destination for both New Yorkers and tourists, so don’t expect to have it to yourself. Nevertheless we enjoyed our explorations of streets such as Greene, Wooster and Mercier, visited some of the galleries (I liked Coda in Broome Street) and found it still a great place for photography. All in all, SoHo is a very pleasant place to spend some time.

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    Shopping in Soho

    by risse73 Updated Nov 3, 2008

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    Shopping in Soho (e.g., around Broadway/Mercer Streets, etc.) is always a nice treat. Here, you will find many trendy boutiques and shops as well as mainstream stores. The prices vary depending on the quality and brand of merchandise, but it seems like prices in many stores are lower here than in other areas.

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    William Bennett Art Gallery in SoHo

    by BeatChick Written Oct 16, 2008

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    Megs deigned to let me look around in an art gallery (William Bennett) in SoHo for 20 minutes where they are doing a retrospective of Picasso, Joan Miro (the dude who did the huge blue whimsical curved mural in our Cincinnati Art Museum), Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Matisse. LOVELY - some of my favorite artists. Saw some works by Dali for as little as $1,450 and some by Matisse for as much as $48,000! I love art galleries; not nearly as overwhelming as some art museums can be, plus they've a smaller focus. Told the proprietor at the gallery that I don't really care for Picasso but that I LOVE Chagall, perhaps it has something to do with his blues (my favorite color). He asked me if I'd heard the saying that "God gave yellow to Van Gogh, red to Matisse, and blue to Chagall". Cool.

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    full of cast iron buildings

    by mindcrime Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    I loved Soho even though I didn’t buy anything! Most visitors come here for the small art galleries (pics 1 and 2). Most of the artists are unknown to me that sell unique clothes and other items (I have to admit that I found most of them kitch and expensive). Some of these art galleries are interesting even from outside so you can spend your time doing window shopping (it’s free anyway!) but have in mind that in our days most of the art galleries are in districts like Chelsea. Before my visit here I thought it was something like SOHO in London but then I’ve learnt that the name comes from SOuth of HOuston street!

    Greene street was very interesting because of the cast iron buildings of the 19th century. Cast iron used to be relatively cheap after the industrial revolution (late 18th-early 19th century) that brought many (good and bad) changes in daily life everywhere in the western world. There many building with cast iron elements in Soho but on Greence street I counted more than 40! They were built between 1869-1895. Take a look at some of the facades, especially those with columns in Corinthian style!! (pic 3)

    I was already satisfied with the big museums of NY so I just took some notes of the museums of SOHO and I will probably visit them next time:
    Children’s museum of the Arts at 182 Lafayette
    New Museum of Modern Art at 583 Broadway avenue
    Museum of Comic and Cartoon Arts at 594 Broadway avenue
    New York City Fire Museum 278 Spring street

    We spend some more time walking around the cobblestones of SOHO and I tried to imagine all those artists that during 60s and 70s have their studios here.. I took some photos of some weird painted (pic 4) or cheap (pic 5) cars and we continued walk to the east where Little Italy and Nolita are. In fact the streets of Little Italy are a big “nothing” with no Italian flavor at all. There are only some Italian restaurants if you want some pasta or pizza but don’t expect something more than this. Mulberry street is the most common street to walk into (with souvenir stores etc) or visit the St Patrick Old Cathedral at 260 Prince street.

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    SOHO-South of Houston, Lower Manhattan

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 10, 2007

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    An acronym for SOuth of HOuston (pronounced "how-stun") Street. This eclectic neighborhood in lower Manhattan had a long history before becoming New York City's artistic haven. The SoHo that surrounds you, with its cast-iron warehouses and cobblestone streets arose in the 1850's after the residential population moved uptown. Up rose these ornate edifices housing fabrics, china, glass and more for companies like Lord & Taylor and Tiffany's. The lower floors were designed for displays and became perfect for the art galleries to come. By the late 1900's, the fashionable businesses moved uptown and the area developed into a seedy, sweatshop-filled slum known as "hell's hundred acres."New labor laws forced the sweatshops to evacuate leaving SoHo a ghost town ripe for a revolution!

    Through the 1960's artists quietly moved into the abandoned buildings which provided "lofty" spaces to contain their creativity. (Even if there often was no electricity!) But by the 1970's SoHo developed into a community, transforming itself into a residential / commercial / artistic zone. beginning in the 1980s, in a way that would later apply elsewhere, the neighborhood began to draw more affluent residents. This led to an eventual exodus of the area's artists during the 1990s, leaving galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and young urban professionals behind.

    SoHo's boutiques and restaurants are clustered in the northern area of the neighborhood, along Broadway and Prince and Spring streets. The sidewalks in this area are often crowded with tourists and with vendors selling jewelry, t-shirts, and other works, sometimes leaving no space for pedestrians to walk. SoHo is known for its eclectic mix of different boutiques for shopping, including Prada, Chanel, popular skateboard/sneakerhead stores such as Supreme and Clientele, Kid Robot, and the newly established Apple Store.

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    Hippy, funky, cool

    by annase Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    I went to the Soho district by a chance since my hotel was nearby. I was on my way to the Empire State and decided to walk along the Broadway. There are some nice shops in the area (they start shortly after the not so nice Canal Street), selling funky, colourful wellington boots (absolutely everyone was wearing wellies when it rained! That's is so sweet and funny at the same time, since no one ever wears wellies in London, but they certainly do in NYC!!), relatively trendy clothes in shops that just don't exist in Europe (as well as designer gear and the usual DKNY, GAP and other shops you can find almost anywhere), decorative items for home/furniture. There also a few ethnic shops and lots of cafes. On the other side of the district, near the West Broadway, there are also some nice looking restaurants.

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    CANAL STREET

    by Maggies Written Aug 1, 2007
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    Shopping on Canal Street can be an entertainment of a kind. This is the place where you can buy all kinds of fake designer stuff, mostly watches, sunglasses and bags. It's cheap, it does look fake but hey, since label seems to be quite a matter in NYC it might be a way to get it.

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    Eleven Iron Men

    by Monster78 Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    A hard NYC day's work....

    The monument, Eleven Iron Men, was dedicated to those who built the Empire State Building. Diligent and brave, these construction workers were unaware that their labour would one day symbolize fortitude.

    I took this photograph while strolling though Soho, NYC. The monument was strapped onto a four-by-four truck and was parked to showcase. Late afternoon, the sun had settled behind tall buildings and the moment to expose the man's detailed faces seemed perfect.

    I'm not a photographer. I pale in comparison to those who choose this art as a form of self-expression and world observations.

    However, the object was inspiring and I do enjoy the possibility to emulate an artist's work.

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    NY Neighborhood Walking in Soho & Tribeca

    by davequ Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    One of my favorite NY daytime things to do is just walk around and enjoy all the different Manhattan neighborhoods & buildings.

    Soho & Tribeca really have imo that "NY feel" to them, with something interesting to look at and lots of history always around the corner. Art & photo galleries and lofts can be found all over the neighborhood.

    Broome street
    is probably one of my favorites (west of Broadway) for look / feel, vibe & architecture.

    Lots of places to hang out, eat & stroll, just like all the great cities, but with its own NY personality. Many of the ethnic neighborhoods may now be gentrified & overpriced, but who's buying? Walking and enjoying them are free.

    If you like great music photographs from some of the best in the business
    (I do), one place to check out is Morrison Hotel Gallery at 124 Prince Street. Here's a MAP

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    Cruise down Broadway and join the Madness

    by gilescorey Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    Cast-Iron SoHo

    For a true urban experience, jump off the train at Astor Place, and begin your journey through "NoHo", down into SoHo and Chinatown. Truly maddening on weekends, the mix of shoppers, tourists, locals, fashionistas and clubkids is dazzling. There are a ton of great shops and restaurants, and stands - including a Summer Sunday Flea Market. End your trip plowing through the shopping chaos of Canal Steet.

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  • I think it was near Soho...

    by margepugh Written Sep 5, 2006

    or it could have been in the village but FIND Chumley's. A well hidden gem that was once a 1920s speak easy. Chat with the bartenders and learn the history of this hole in the wall. Much history adorns the walls of book covers and autographed pictures of many famous and not so famous writers that frequented the joint. Most notable, Ernest Hemmingway and so many others. This place should not be missed by literary lovers.

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