Manhattan/SoHo

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Houston Street, SoHo

SoHo, short for "South of Houston" (and a reference to its supposed similarities to the London Soho) is a diverse and increasingly upscale neighborhood of Manhattan. SoHo used to be a bohemian quarter of artists who subsisted in lofts, which at first weren't recognized as legal housing, and teeming art galleries. By now, the neighborhood has become so expensive that the art galleries have been generally priced out and have moved to the far west of Chelsea, while the struggling artists have had to move further and further into the other boroughs to find affordable places to rent. Now it is a neighborhood of expensive boutiques, but its narrow cobblestone side streets retain their charm, and even if the crowding on Broadway between Houston and Spring Streets can be draining, it is still a good neighborhood to walk through.

Get in[edit]

There are numerous subway lines that serve the neighborhood, and which one you use depends on which part of the neighborhood you wish to access. The 1 line runs under Varick Street, stopping at Houston and Canal Streets. The A, C, and E run under Sixth Avenue and stop at Canal Street, with the C and E also stopping at Spring Street. The N, Q, and R run under Broadway; the N and R stop at Prince and Canal Streets, while the Q express train skips Prince and stops at Canal. The B, D, F, and M serve the Broadway-Lafayette station at Houston Street, with a free transfer available to and from the downtown 6 train at Bleecker St. The 6 runs under Lafayette Street, stopping at Spring and Canal Streets, and the J (and during rush hours, the Z) stop at Canal Street under Lafayette.

There are also several city bus lines that serve the neighborhood. Take the M1, M6, or M20 bus for uptown/downtown (north/south) service. The M21 runs crosstown, but traffic on Houston Street often makes for slow service.

If you are coming from a nearby neighborhood, walking is the best way to get into SoHo.

See[edit]

SoHo Map

It's best just to walk around, look at the pretty old buildings on Broadway and the cobblestoned side streets, and if you like, shop at clothing stores and such on Broadway. West Broadway is another interesting and very upscale shopping avenue in the neighborhood.

  • Children's Museum of the Arts103 Charlton St (between Hudson and Greenwich),  +1 212 274-0986. W,F-Su noon-5PM, Th noon-6PM. Art and interactive exhibits geared towards children. $10.
  • New York City Fire Museum278 Spring St (between Varick and Hudson Sts),  +1 212 691-1303, e-mail: . Housed in a restored 1904 firehouse, the NYC Fire Museum covers the history of fire fighting in the United States from the 18th century to the present. Displays include antique aparatus, uniforms and equipment, as well as an apartment fire simulator. Suggested admission $7 adults, $5 seniors/students/children.

Do[edit]

  • Film Forum209 W Houston St (between 6th and 7th Aves),  +1 212 727-8110. A stylish theater that runs two programs—contemporary independent releases and classic repertory films. While the current releases are almost always interesting and worth seeing, it's the repertory programming schedule that filmlovers anticipate eagerly.
  • Here Arts Center145 6th Ave (at Dominick),  +1 212 647-0202. Performing arts venue.
  • The Performing Garage33 Wooster St (between Broome and Grand),  +1 212 966-9796. Off-Broadway theater that is the permanent home of experiemntal theater company the Wooster Group.

Buy[edit]

SoHo is a prime shopping destination, especially on the weekends, when the sidewalks of West Broadway, Prince Street, and Broadway become almost impassible. Be warned though that the boutique stores have mostly been replaced by high-end chain stores.

  • Kee's Chocolates80 Thompson St (Between Spring and Broome Sts),  +1 212 334-3284. M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa-Su 11AM-7PM. Kee is widely considered by chocolate-lovers to be one of the best artisanal chocolatiers in New York. Anyone who likes chocolate will find some of her creations interesting and enjoyable. Among her truffles are balsamic, fennel, smoked salt, and Thai chili, as well as less unusual flavors like almond and hazelnut praline. Chocolates are $2.45 each. Macaroons are $2.55 each.
  • McNally Jackson Booksellers52 Prince St (between Mulberry and Lafayette Sts),  +1 212 274-1160. M-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Formerly McNally Robinson Booksellers, this independent bookstore features an extensive collection of magazines, fiction, and nonfiction. The store also features a cafe, as well as a number of ongoing events, signings, book clubs and discussion groups.
  • Pearl River Mart477 Broadway (between Grand and Broome),  +1 212 431-4770. 10AM-7PM daily. Vast store of Chinese and other Asian goods: kitchenware, traditional clothing, home furnishing, tea.
  • Uniqlo546 Broadway (at Spring St),  +1 917 237-8811. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM. A Japanese clothing store for men and women. This location used to be the retail chain's only North American store.
  • LF Stores149 Spring St +1 212 966-5889. LF Stores is not very big or well known, but it carries some unique items, such that celebrities have shopped here. The prices are a little bit on the high side, depending on the item - for example, shirts cost about $50-$200. The service is wonderful, and the staff is very helpful. Aside from clothing, there are such accessories as jewelry, scarfs, hats, and shoes. The outside of the narrow building is tan, and there is a doorman.
  • Topshop478 Broadway +1 212 966-9555. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Topshop is a women's clothing store that carries all types of clothing. It carries maternity clothing, designers, boutiques, and all sizes. The clothing is really fashion forward, and there have accessories. The main warehouse is in England. You can buy online or go to the store, which has two floors and an escalator. The prices vary, but they tend to run a little bit more on the high side. Items mostly vary from around $50-$90.

Eat[edit]

  • Balthazar80 Spring St (between Broadway and Crosby),  +1 212 965-1414. M-Th 7:30AM-5PM and 5:45PM-midnight, F 7:30AM-5PM and 5:45PM-1AM, Sa 8AM-4PM and 5:45PM-1AM, Su 8AM-4PM and 5:30PM-midnight. Balthazar has the feel and quality of a good Parisian brasserie. Though informal and relaxed in feel, it is not inexpensive; however, many New Yorkers and visitors alike find it a worthwhile experience. Brunch is especially popular there, so unless you plan to show up for an early breakfast, make sure you make reservations; you don't want to be one of the people waiting on line for an hour or more, just to get in.
  • Famous Ben's Pizza177 Spring St (at Thompson St),  +1 212 966-4494. M-Th 11AM-11:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-12:30AM, Su noon-10:30PM. Famous Ben's Pizza is one of the oldest and best pizza places in SoHo. Some people get taken on a pizza tour here. It is a small place with few tables, but the environment fits New York perfectly. You can watch as they make the pizza, and lines are usually out the door. Their pizza doesn't cost a lot. If you are just looking for a quick and simple meal while you are out shopping, Famous Ben's is a great place to consider. They deliver, too.

Drink[edit]

  • The Ear Inn326 Spring St (between Greenwich and Washington),  +1 212 431-9750. Noon-4AM daily. Located on the ground floor of the James Brown House, the Ear Inn is one of the oldest bars in New York.

Sleep[edit]

  • 60 Thompson60 Thompson St +1 212 431-0200. A 100 room luxury-driven lifestyle hotel by famed designer, Thomas O'Brien. The rooftop "members" lounge, and Kittichai, an upscale Thai restaurant, complement the modern and chic sensibility of the hotel. $450-$550.
  • Holiday Inn Soho138 Lafayette St (at Howard St),  +1 212 966-8898. Good hotel with a lot of in-room conveniences, room service, and an on-site restaurant, although more on the pricey side. $275-$400.
  • Hotel Azure120 Lafayette St +1 212 925-4378. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. A pretty standard but clean hotel that's one of the more affordable options in the neighborhood (while still being respectable). $150-$200.
  • Soho Grand Hotel (Soho Grand), 310 West Broadway (Between Canal and Grand),  +1 212 965-3000. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 1PM. The Soho Grand Hotel is a pet-friendly boutique hotel, featuring 353 guest rooms, ten suites, and two sprawling penthouses. $250-$550.

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Go next[edit]

Routes through SoHo
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