What to Do in SoHo
No New York neighborhood has changed more over the years than SoHo. Located directly south of Houston Street on the west side of Manhattan (bordered by Lafayette Street to the east, Canal Street to the south, Varick Street to the west), SoHo is a friendly, beautiful, and history-rich section of New York that is home to some of the best shopping, dining, and avant-garde art.
For most of the 20th century, however, SoHo was a rundown and neglected slum of manufacturers and wholesalers. Forced to relocate due to increasing rents and limited space, artists in the mid-1960s fled to the large, open loft spaces of SoHo. Attracted by the immense room, abundance of natural light, and low-to-non-existent rents, SoHo became the new headquarters for the New York art scene. Galleries quickly followed, bringing a substantial amount of money into the area -- along with the new chic art crowd.
Today SoHo is trendy, eclectic, and always bustling with activity. Tourists and locals alike flock to this neighborhood. Stores range from national chains to unique boutiques, from Marc Jacobs, to H&M, to The Evolution Store (a store that sells natural history collectibles usually found only in museums.) The larger stores are concentrated on Broadway and smaller stores fan out from there.
There is also the New York City Fire Museum, which tells the history of the New York City Fire Department, the famous Angelika Film Center, and the Children's Museum of Arts. In SoHo the possibilities never end.
This last transformation of SoHo was certainly not the first. In the late 18th century, SoHo was a suburb in what was once the north end of the city. As Manhattan grew so did SoHo, and it soon became a bustling midtown of hotels, restaurants, and shops.
DINING IN SOHO: For a list of our favorite restaurants in SoHo, click here.