SoHo New York

SoHo (South of Houston) is one of the most charming districts of New York. It is full of chic boutiques and trendy restaurants. Discover how and when it was founded. 

Located west of Little Italy and bounded by Houston Street, West Broadway and Lafayette Street, SoHo (acronym for South Houston) is one of the most popular neighborhoods of New York City.

The nearby neighborhoods are Little Italy to the east, TriBeCa to the south and West Village to the north. To the west is the Hudson River.


During the nineteenth and early twentieth century, SoHo was an industrial area, known by many as Hell’s Hundred Acres.

During the ‘70s, the buildings were transformed into lofts and young up-coming artists settled in this area due to the low renting of the buildings. When the neighborhood became popular, the artists moved to TriBeCa, which later suffered a similar outcome.

With the Prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s, SoHo was filled with totally normal looking places (barber shops, restaurants or grocery stores) that hid secret rooms or camouflaged cubicles converted into real bars. Today, these hidden bars have kept their essence and are one more attraction of New York SoHo.

A Charming Neighborhood

Although it was abandoned by its first inhabitants, SoHo of New York is still a charming neighborhood known for its lofts, art galleries, antiques, and the trendy boutiques which attract so many visitors to SoHo.


Subway: Prince Street (lines R and W) or Spring Street (lines C, E and 6).
Bus: lines M01, M06 and M21.

Nearby places

Little Italy New York (698 m) TriBeCa New York (737 m) New Museum (794 m) Chinatown New York (927 m) Tenement Museum (1.2 km)