Soho Neighborhood Guide

Come visit one of New York’s swankiest neighborhoods!

What to Expect

Soho is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in New York City with its cobblestone streets and gorgeous cast-iron architecture. It’s no wonder it has been featured as the backdrop of so many movies, including Eyes Wide Shut, American Psycho, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and hundreds more. It’s a bustling epicenter of art, culture and fashion and has plenty of options to keep you entertained.

History of the Neighborhood

Soho, which is an acronym for “South of Houston,” has the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world, with 250 cast-iron buildings in the neighborhood. In the early 1900s it was full of small factories and sweatshops and then it became known as an artists’ getaway in the 1960s and 70s when many famous artists had loft spaces and galleries here.

Buildings in the Soho neighborhood

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Today, Soho is home to the rich and famous. Rent here is expensive and it is without a doubt one of the swankiest and most fashionable neighborhoods in the country. The streets are filled with tourists, shoppers, models, fashionistas and celebrities shopping at their favorite boutiques and checking out some of the exorbitantly priced art galleries.

Kors store on Broadway

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Soho has a very clean, austere feeling. It’s mainly residential buildings with storefronts on the ground level and you’ll find shoppers and strollers wandering up and down the cobblestone streets. There are plenty of lovely outdoor cafes and coffee shops and a few decent pubs where you can grab a drink.

Lafayette Street in the Soho

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Best Walks

It’s easy to take yourself on a self-guided tour of Soho. Make sure to stroll down Prince Street and Broadway to see some of the main attractions.

Old residential buildings in Soho

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You will fall in love with…

The cobblestone streets and cozy residential feel of Wooster, Green and Mercer Streets between Houston and Spring Street are absolutely breathtaking.

How do I get to Soho?

Soho can be reached by the A or C subway lines to Spring Street, the 1 and 2 trains to Houston Street, the N, Q, R and W trains to Prince Street and the 4 and 6 trains to Spring Street.

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