Welcome to Soho
A trendsetting neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, this one-of-a-kind community is home to artists, creators, and innovators alike
Between the Lower East Side and Tribeca lies one of Manhattan’s trendiest and most popular residential communities. SoHo, short for South of Houston Street, has been at the forefront of New York City for decades, acting as one of the most progressive and prominent spots around town. New Yorkers know this area as a center for art and diverse culture, and in recent years, the area’s gentrification has resulted in numerous abandoned warehouses and factories being turned into art galleries, luxurious Soho real estate, award-winning restaurants, and boutique shops.
Originally used as farmland, there was very little development in the area until the mid-1800s when commercial establishments began moving in. The area became a center of the industry after the civil war but was abandoned shortly after. Manufacturing and production moved into the south, and the city directed itself more uptown. Luckily, during the 1970s and 80s, the SoHo district became a haven for artists from around the world, who turned the grungy community into a creative paradise. Today, this neighborhood is unarguably one of the most desirable in the city.
What to Love
- The vibrant and artistic community
- Center for art and music
- Thriving local economy
- Several art galleries, entertainment venues, and restaurants
People & Lifestyle
One of SoHo’s most attractive features is the beautiful cast-iron architecture found throughout the area. Since most of this neighborhood was developed between the 1840s and the 1880s, this specific style, which was extremely popular at the time, took over. Today, SoHo is home to the world’s greatest collection of this particular style, with many of the buildings being converted into stunning residential spaces.
The numerous advantages offered to homeowners living in SoHo have helped make it one of the most popular areas—as well as one of the most affluent. Homes in SoHo are often valued at around $2 million, and the average annual household income is over twice the national average.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
SoHo is a culinary mecca, and several high-end restaurants and trendy eateries can be found on every corner. Blue Ribbon Brasserie is definitely one of the most popular places in town. Their unique approach to modern American cuisine has put them on the map, and with dishes like steamed lobster with corn on the cob, sweet and spicy catfish, and a beautiful rack of lamb, it’s easy to see why.
Cafe Altro Paradiso is another highly regarded dining destination. Dishes like arancini with fontina, homemade pork sausage with butter beans, and outstanding house-made pasta have made this restaurant a community staple.
Of course, the shopping in SoHo is second to none. International brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton call this beautiful neighborhood home. Residents can also enjoy a visit to Kith, a clothing brand for all things street-ware, as well as Supreme, which specializes in avant-garde skate-gear and all things related.
Things to Do
SoHo’s prime location makes it possible for residents to enjoy a plethora of entertainment opportunities and recreational activities throughout the year. There’s no shortage of things to do in this chic and trendy neighborhood. Sweet lovers will adore visiting the Museum of Ice Cream. This wonderful museum-meets-art-gallery is filled with multi-sensory and immersive installations where guests will feel like they’ve stepped into a sweet-filled wonderland of their own.
Pier 40 acts as a central social area for SoHo. Home of the Hudson River Park Trust, this green space also hosts numerous functions and events throughout the year and is visited daily by residents looking for a place to play ball, enjoy a relaxing stroll along the river, or even take a look at work by local artists.
If you enjoy playing a few rounds of tennis, there’s no greater place to do it than the Hudson River Park Tennis Courts. Right along the shore of the Hudson River, these courts are some of the most beautiful in the entire city. The Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a beloved part of the community. Visitors of all ages love wandering through the stunning walkways as well as taking advantage of the fantastic facilities, including basketball courts, a soccer field, and a playground.
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