SoHo is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan’s Cast Iron Historic District that is famously known for its art galleries, bars, trendy shopping, and a multitude of restaurants.
SoHo stands for South of Houston street, but is also a reference to London’s West End’s SoHo. There are different sources on what the actual boundaries of SoHo are but to summarize all the various references; the eastern boundary is either Lafayette Street or Crosby Street stretching to the western boundary of either the Hudson river, West Broadway, or Sixth Avenue.
Despite the different thoughts of where SoHo is located, the abbreviation of an upcoming or repurposed area became a trend; an example being Tribeca, standing for Triangle Below Canal Street.
The Cast Iron Historic District in SoHo contains a lot of building in the style of cast-iron architecture, hence the naming of that district being Cast Iron District.
One famous cast iron building is located on 109 Prince Street, the architect being Jarvis Morgan Slade. 109 Prince Street was designed in the French Renaissance style, being one of the most notable cast iron building in the 19th century, was granted the Landmark Certificate of Merit by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Another example of a cast iron building in SoHo is the E.V Haughtwout Building, located on 488-492 Broadway, opened in 1857 was the first building in New York City to use a passenger safety elevator.
Aside from the beautiful cast iron building in SoHo, there are great restaurants that provides the customer a unique fashion that only New York City can offer. An example of that in Pera SoHo on 54 Thompson Street where they offer private dining to enjoy their popular American and Mediterranean dishes in a relaxing environment.
There are many art galleries in SoHo, Axelle Fine Arts Gelerie on 472 West Broadway and Martin Lawrence Galleries on 457 West Broadway are a great place to start an adventure into SoHo art galleries.
Start at the corner of West Broadway and Watts Street – right where Watts Street forks off Broome Street.
Drive West on Watts Street for two blocks, then turn right onto Sixth Avenue.
Drive North all the way to the intersection with West Fortieth Street, then turn right.
Take Fortieth Street for several blocks, past Bryant Park.
We are located on the right-hand side of the street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue at Sixteen East Fortieth Street.
Keep your eyes peeled for the grey stone façade and large steel building number.