Soho is home to fashionable upscale wine bars, art galleries and boutiques

This historical cast iron front building is one of the earliest remaining and typical of many in Soho
This historical cast iron front building is one of the earliest remaining and typical of many in Soho cc licensed photo by Michael Daddino

Once home to factories and warehouses, Soho is the chic downtown neighbourhood South of Houston Street and north of Canal Street between Lafayette Street and Nolita. In the 1960s, artists flocked to rundown warehouse district lofts after being driven out of other parts of the city by high rents, quickly turning Soho into the new "it" area for art galleries. Only a decade later, gentrification caused rents to skyrocket forcing artist out of the area they had pioneered.

Today, Soho is still the embodiment of fashionable; upscale wine bars, art galleries and boutiques abound. There are plenty award-winning restaurants like Balthazar, Savoy and Torrisi, which are well worth the wait for a table.

Soho shopping is the epitome of trendy with the narrow cobblestone streets attracting a crowd with its designer boutiques, vintage and consignment shops and sidewalk vendors. So much so, that the narrow streets are best avoided on holidays and weekends, but the early bird doesn't get the worm; a throwback to its bohemian roots, most Soho establishments don't open till 11:00am.

Soho has an eclectic variety of cultural institutions ranging from the New York City Fire Museum to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Architecture enthusiasts will not want to miss Soho's decorative facades and ornate ironwork, oversized windows and Corinthian columns which characterise the beauty of this neighbourhood.


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
A, C, E, J, M, N, R, W or ZCanal Street Station0 minutes
C or ESpring Street0 minutes
1, 2 or 3Houston Street0 minutes
R or WPrince Street0 minutes
6Canal and Spring Street0 minutes

How to get to Soho by Subway

Take any of A, C, E, J, M, N, R, W or Z train to Canal Street; C or E train to Spring Street; 1, 2 or 3 train to Houston Street and Canal Street; R or W train to Prince Street or the 6 train to Canal and Spring Street. All of these lead to Soho.

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