Soho OverviewSoho’s picturesque cobblestone streets, cast-iron buildings and designer boutiques draw quite a crowd. Literally. The narrow streets are so packed that most city folk (and even Soho residents themselves) tend to avoid the area, especially on weekends and around the holidays. But don’t swear off Soho -- visitors who check out the district’s many quality stores, restaurants and sidewalk vendors during off-peak hours are rarely disappointed.
Soho BoundariesSoho stretches from Canal Street to Houston Street and lies between the Hudson River and Lafayette Street.
- Subway: A/C/E to Canal or C/E to Spring Street; 1/2/3 to Houston and Canal Streets; R/W to Prince Street; N/R/Q/W to Canal Street, 6 to Canal and Spring Streets; J/M/Z to Canal Street.
- Bus: The M21 goes cross-town on Houston Street. The M1 and M6 run down Broadway. The M1 runs back up Lafayette and the M6 up 6th Avenue. The M20 runs up Hudson Street and down Varick Street.
Soho Apartments and Real EstateWhile many of central Soho’s expansive loft spaces are now reserved for the millionaires who can afford to live high above the shopping crowds, the pre-war brick walkups in West Soho have seen renovations and an influx of middle-class residents. Head further west towards the Hudson and find new condos and luxury apartment buildings with hefty price tags.
- To Rent: Studio/1-Bedroom, $2,000-$3,500+. 2-Bedroom, $4,000-$6,000+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $6,000-$15,000+.
- To Buy: Studio/1-Bedroom, $750,000-$2,200,000+. 2-Bedroom, $2,800,000-$7,000,000+. Larger than 2-Bedroom, $5,000,000-$18,000,000+.
Soho SchoolsThere are no New York City public schools in Soho. Private schools include Elisabeth Irwin High School, located at 40 Charlton Street. Its affiliate, the Little Red Schoolhouse for pre-K-8th Grade, is located in the nearby West Village on Sixth Avenue at Bleecker Street.
- 24-Hour ATMs:
- Duane Reade, 598 Broadway between Houston and Prince Streets
- Bank of America, 589 Broadway between Houston and Prince Streets
- Northfork Bank, 200 Lafayette Street between Broome and Spring Streets
- Chase Manhattan Bank, 525 Broadway at Spring Streets
- Post Office:
- Prince Station, 124 Greene Street between Prince and Houston Streets
- Village Station, 201 Varick Street at Houston Street
- Police Precinct
6th Precinct, 233 West 10th Street between Hudson and Bleecker Streets, 212-741-4811.
- 24-Hour Pharmacies
Duane Reade, 598 Broadway between Houston and Prince, 212-343-2567.
- Supermarkets and Delis
- Gourmet Garage, 453 Broome Street at Mercer Street, 212-941-5850.
- Dean & DeLuca, 560 Broadway at Prince Street, 212-226-6800.
- Sunrise Mart, 494 Broome Street at West Broadway, 212-219-0033.
- 56 Spring Street Fruit & Vegetable, 212-966-8275.
Soho RestaurantsSoho is home to celebrity hotspots Mercer Kitchen and Fiamma Osteria.. Those looking for an equally delicious experience sans paparazzi should head to Balthazar for exceptional French cuisine, The Cub Room for superior American fare, and Dos Caminos Soho for a sampling of contemporary Mexican dishes.
If all you’re looking for is a good cup of java and a slice of pie, selections from Once Upon a Tart and Ceci-Cela should curb your sweet tooth.
Soho NightlifeRoll with the high-brow, martini-sipping crowd at Cipriani Soho or the Grand Bar and Lounge at the SoHo Grand Hotel. For a more laid-back scene, Kenn’s Broome Street Bar is a neighborhood favorite, along with Soho Park, an outdoor restaurant/garden perfect for downing a few beers with old friends.
If dancing is your thing, bring your friends to S.O.B.’s and break it down to live Brazilian, Reggae, R&B and hip-hop tunes. For those yearning to relive their high school prom, stop by Culture Club and dance yourself all the way back to 1987.
Soho Parks and RecreationCheck out the Soho Piers along the Hudson and find everything from golf and in-line skating to batting cages and rock climbing. Lounge on the grass of the Hudson River Park, mosey along the river or hop on your bike or roller-blades and head south for great views of the downtown Manhattan skyline.
Soho Landmarks and HistorySoho is known for its mid-19th Century cast-iron architecture and to this day, it is the largest surviving cast-iron district in the world. Many commercial buildings along Broadway and Spring Street feature this type of construction, which is an elaborately molded cast-iron exterior bolted to brick walls. The Haughwout Building at 488 Broadway and the Gunther Building at 469 Broome Street display classic examples of cast-iron façades.
Soho is also famous for its loft-style apartments. In the 1970s, many of Soho’s abandoned commercial and manufacturing buildings offered the perfect spaces for artists seeking large, well-lit interiors for their studios. As artists moved in, the district became populated with galleries and eventually, Soho became the center of the lower Manhattan art scene. By the 1980s, the neighborhood rose in socioeconomic status and became the new trendy Manhattan neighborhood.
Soho Shopping SceneShoppers in Soho find a wide variety of stores, shops, boutiques and sidewalk vendors selling artwork, apparel and jewelry. Designer stores such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Catharine Malandrino, Coach, Burberry, Kate Spade and Ben Sherman line West Broadway, Broadway, Broome and Spring Streets.
Larger chains such as H&M, J. Crew, Banana Republic, American Eagle and UNIQLO lure shoppers up and down Broadway. Stop by Bloomingdales for a large selection of quality merchandise and wander over to Prince Street to check out the Apple Store’s famously hip interior and sleek layout.
Soho By The Numbers:
- Zip Code: 10012/10013/10014. Manhattan Community District 2.
- Population: 29,000
- Median Age: 39
- Average Household Income: $80,000