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Get to know NoHo

The north of Houston counterpart to SoHo, NoHo’s rise as a distinct NYC neighborhood is a relatively recent phenomenon. Spatially, NoHo is but a small wedge nestled between Greenwich Village and the East Village — and was previously considered part of the former. A lack of size, however, is hardly a deficiency in NoHo. Actually, it makes things all the more enticing. Over NoHo’s development, glorious mansions gave way to manufacturing buildings, which came to be occupied by artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Robert Mapplethorpe as live-in studio lofts. Still standing and coveted alongside imposing glass condominiums, those homes join early 19th-century row houses (the Merchant’s House Museum), turn-of-the-century office buildings (the Louis Sullivan-designed Bayard–Condict Building), and others in presenting a cohesive lineage of growth and change. Four buildings encompassing the c.1830s Corinthian-columned Colonnade Row have housed everyone from the Astors and Vanderbilts to the Blue Man Group.

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NoHo Commerce & Culture

Even the subway stations are historic in NoHo. Astor Place and Bleecker Street both received the designation because of their original interiors, whose decorative elements date to the early 20th century. Above Astor sits a cult-favorite city icon. Tony Rosenthal’s “Alamo” is a black cube better known by its colloquial (and more descriptive) name, “The Cube.” This hexahedron was initially a short-term installation in 1967, but the oft-unpredictable love of NYC’s citizens has kept The Cube at the intersection of NoHo, Greenwich Village, and the East Village for decades. Elsewhere, whether along the double-wide Lafayette or the cobblestoned Bond, the streets of NoHo teem with shops. Expect to find everything from antique furniture to trendy fashion. A delectable cluster of eateries and bars also fills NoHo’s bounds. On Lafayette, the Public Theater’s numerous performance spaces have hosted an equally-numerous number of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions.