Many of SoHo’s expansive apartments were built in the 19th Century, when the use of cast iron for building fronts allowed for larger windows than traditional brick buildings. The broad windows were used to shed light on factories and offices, which were then converted into the sun-bathed SoHo co-op and condo lofts we know today. In fact, the historic district in SoHo has the largest concentration of cast-iron architecture anywhere in the world, though SoHo’s manufacturers have given way to artists, fashion designers and Wall Street types seeking light and space in their apartments.
The name SoHo itself stands for South of Houston, with the district running all the way south to Canal Street. As SoHo’s popularity has increased, its boundaries have also expanded to the West to include an area formerly known as “the Printing District” or “Hudson Square,” where new luxury condos have been developed to take advantage of the area’s convenience to all things downtown. The SoHo new development condos offer landscaped courtyards, doormen, and in the case of 505 Greenwich, a pet spa. On the East Side, Nolita is a shopper’s paradise, and its dwellers can attest that it’s a little more off the beaten path. In general, the SoHo/Nolita area calls “charge!” with offerings from Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Armani/Casa. The Apple store, which imported glass and light into an old post office, is a great place to meet and greet while getting your computer fixed.
Emergency Taxi in SoHo
For those times when finding a taxi is impossible, head to the BP gas station on the corner of Houston St and Lafayette St. Note: you might have to wait for the driver to fill his tank.
Local tips and information for going out in the Soho/Nolita from The Corcoran Group. Explore dining, shopping and nightlife.All Soho/Nolita tips