From Canal Street to Houston Street, from Lafayette to the Hudson River.
Many of SoHo’s expansive apartments were built in the 19th Century, when the use of cast iron
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
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.