Soho District, New York City

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    Interesting Area to Explore

    by TexasDave Written Aug 9, 2006

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    SoHo, an abbreviation for South of Houston Street, is one of the more trendy and diverse neighborhoods of the city. The main architectural aspect of this area is 'American Industrial' design. Many of these buildings were originally built as warehouses and factories and have prefabricated cast-iron facades. As busineses slowly disappeared from the area it became somewhat neglected and therefore a 'low rent' area. Artisans took advantage of the situation and rented lofts to work in and display their art work. Then followwed the trendy stores, and avant gard, expensive restaurants.

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    SoHo And Its Galleries

    by I-Believe-I-Can-Fly Written Jun 1, 2006

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    South of Greenwich Village is the block SOuth of HOuston known as SoHo, home to the art galleries, museums, cafes and boutiques. It’s artists paradise and shoppers mecca. Personally, I prefer to shop here than at Fifth Avenue since there are still a large number of small shops in this area.

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    SoHo

    by PetraG Written Mar 8, 2006

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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.
    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."
    But by the 1970's SoHo developed into a community, transforming itself into a residential / commercial / artistic zone.
    Today's SoHo is much different from the artist community of the 1970's. Loft apartments now sell in the millions, a bit more than the paintings in the art galleries.
    The trendiness aside, SoHo is still one of the best areas in NYC to shop, eat and just walk about.

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    Soho district

    by johnsakura Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Soho district is a must for art lovers. you have many galleries where you can see from picassos to the aspiring american artists. this whole area is full with galleries. also visit the andy warhol museum if you can.

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  • Wander

    by idiva Written Apr 22, 2005

    Meander here for hours, preferrably on Sunday afternoon. Stop in and out of interesting shops. Follow your intuition to lunch. Remeber to gauge the soup prices before entering a restaurant: $17 for soup=not for budget travels.

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    Arty

    by Mahieu Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Soho is said to be one of the hippest parts of NY and indeed, there is an arty atmosphere in this part of NY. Also the people living in or walking through the neighbourhood looked quite hip. I heard that a lot of models have their home here and indeed, if you are a girl and you are complexed about something, this is not the area to be :-)) If you are a guy however, ... :-)
    Also a famous sight in Soho are the fire stairs outside the houses (allthough you can find them also in other districts) You can find an example in this picture.

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    Like in Movies

    by supermediania Written Jul 19, 2004

    While you walk by the Soho you look at the windows and you could see that everything that you saw in the movies is true. The buildings has the fire stairs and in christmas you will see scenes like the one in the photo.

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    Like in Movies

    by supermediania Written Jul 19, 2004
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    While you walk by the Soho you look at the windows and you could see that everything that you saw in the movies is true. The buildings has the fire stairs and in christmas you will see scenes like the one in the photo.

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    Fun to window shop....more fun to buy if you got $

    by scottyrocknyc Written May 7, 2004

    Lots of fun walking around here....but most everything in the stores is quite expensive...much of it is designer stuff....Definitely check out the Prada store as it is something else! You can spot celebrities around here too. Recently I saw Cameron Diaz and Susan Sarandon. Also lots of model types walking around here too. Definitely lots of eye-candy.

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    Shoppers Delight

    by FredNYC Updated Mar 21, 2004

    There is just about every kind of store you can imagine: Prada to Old Navy. There are also some quirky stupid places shoved in next to the high style boutiques. If you want shoes, there is really no better or fully sourced area in the city to go.

    Things to not miss:

    Prada – Rem Koolhaas’s rendering of a retail environment warrants a look even if you don’t pay $600 for you shoes. (Look at the sale racks. There’s always a shirt marked down to $300.)

    Vivian Westwood – You want to look beautiful and unusual? Fun stuff.

    Ricky’s – Shampoo, cosmetics, wigs, and soaps from all over the place. Wigs and blue hair dye. You have to see it to know.

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    Cast-iron : the American architectural innovation.

    by Christophe_Ons Updated Mar 11, 2004

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    Cast-iron facades on Greene Street

    SoHo, the Manhattan neighborhood SOuth of HOuston St, has the world's largest collection of cast-iron facades. This construction technique not only reduced cost but allowed for ornate features to be prefabricated in foundries from molds and used as building facades.
    During the second half of the 19th century this was a popular neighborhood, with Broadway nearby. As the theater district moved uptown, SoHo became an industrial district where workers toiled in dangerous conditions for low wages, facing the dangers of accidents and fires. It earned the neighborhood the nickname "Hell's Hundred Acres". Many young, female immigrants died in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire, because the building they were working in had been locked.

    The district was threatened with demolition in the 1960's until preservationists drew attention to the rare iron cast architecture. The district was saved and artists moved into the loft spaces.

    During the past few decades the high rent has driven most artists out of SoHo again, to places like TriBeCa, and it is now the home of exclusive art galleries that started to move there from upper Manhattan in the 70's. In 1992 even the world renowned Guggenheim Museum opened its SoHo branch, as well.

    Some of the best cast-iron buildings can be found on Greene Street. This really is a wonderful neighborhood to take a stroll in.
    Check my "off the beaten path" section for more specific SoHo tips.

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    Soho (south of houston)

    by acemj Updated Jul 27, 2003

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    SoHo (South of Houston)
    Another famous artist's haven.
    It's still very trendy, with great shopping,people-watching and incredible restaurants. Many of the old buildings have iron and steel frames which allows them to be built with fewer interior beams. This gives many of the interior spaces a more open and spacious feel. As a result, many artists began to buy them up in the sixties and still today some of the coolest lofts in the city are here.

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    SOHO

    by Maggies Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    A street in SOHO

    SoHo (South of Houston) had a long history before becoming New York City's artistic haven. With its cast-iron warehouses and cobblestone streets the neighbourhood arose in the 1860's. Today's SoHo is much different from the artist community of the 1970's. Loft apartments now sell in the millions, a bit more than the paintings in the art galleries. SoHo is still one of the best areas in NYC to shop, eat and just walk around.

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    SOHO

    by Maggies Written Oct 9, 2002

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    Greene Street is the heart of SoHo’s Cast-Iron district. Along 5 cobblestoned blocks are 50 cast-iron buildings and it’s the largest concentration of this kind of architecture in the world. Walk into any of the galleries housed within to see the spacious interior lofts.
    It’s definitely my favourite area in Manhattan.

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    This is the city that never sleeps....

    by BURGUN Written Sep 7, 2002

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    This is the that never sleeps. As long as you can keep your eyes open, you can have fun all day long.
    SOHO area is one of the best places that you can find out fun and celebration. Bars and dance clubs.

    Also, recent activities can be learned from NYC guide.

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