SoHo is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Prior to the mid-20th century, the area was known as Hell's Hundred Acres, and was described as an "industrial wasteland", busy with sweatshops and small factories in the daytime, but empty at night. Before that, it was an area with more bars and brothels than anywhere else in the city. Artists began to move in to have large spaces in which they could both live and work, in what were called loft spaces. In 1968 artists and activists were forming an organization to legalize their living in a manufacturing zone.
Seeking to identify their group geographically, they consulted a city Planning Commission map that described the area as "South of Houston", "Houston" being Houston Street. This was shortened to "SoHo", the group voted to call itself the SoHo Artists Association and the name for the neighborhood stuck.
The neighborhood's association with the arts has expanded over time, and the area has become famous for destination shopping. It is an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration and gentrification, encompassing socio-economic, cultural, political and architectural developments. It is also known as the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District because of the many buildings incorporating cast iron architectural elements.
LOCAL PARKS AND ENTERTAINMENT
DUANE PARK Hudson St. between Duane and Reade St.
HUDSON RIVER PARK West Side Highway between West 10th and 11th St.
WASHINGTON MARKET PARK 189 Chambers St.
THE NEW YOKR CITY FIRE MUSEUM 278 Spring St.
CHINATOWN Canal Steet
THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 556 West 22nd and 11th St.
THE MUSUEM OF AFRICAN ART 593 Broadway
THE SOHO CAST-IRON HISTORIC DISTRICT between Houston and Canal St.
21 CHAIRS 56 Macdougal St. between Houston and Prince St.
AMA 48 Macdougal St. between King and Prince St.
BALUCHI’S 193 Spring St. between Sullivan and Thompson St.
BLUE RIBBON 97 Sullivan St. between Prince and Spring St.
CENDRILLON 45 Mercer St. between Broome and Grand St.
CIPRIANI DOWNTOWN 376 West Broadway between Broome and Spring St.
GIORGIONE 307 Spring St. between Greenwich and Hudson St.
MERCER KITCHEN 99 Prince St. and Mercer St.
RICE TO RICHES INC. 37 Spring St.
ADDIDAS ORIGINAL STORE 136 Wooster St.
APPLE STORE SOHO 103 Prince St and Greene
PUMA STORE 521 Broadway
PARADE OF SHOES 187 Broadway
ARCHE SOHO 123 Wooster St.
ANNA SUI 113 Greene St.
CATHERINE 468 Broome St.
LE CORSET 80 Thompson
ANTHROPOLOGIE 375 West Broadway
ZARA 580 Broadway near Houston St.
NECESSARY CLOTHING 470 Broadway
URBAN OUTFITTERS 628 Broadway
TERRANOVA 594 Broadway
LA MAISON UNIQUE LONGCHAMP 132 Spring St.
A.P.C. 131 Mercer St.
CALYPSO ENFANT 426 Broome St.
JONATHAN ADLER 47 Greene St.
SCOOP 532 Broadway
DOSA 107 Thompson
LOCAL HEALTH CLUBS
NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB 225 Varick St.
EQUINOX 8568 Broadway and Prince St.
CRUNCH 623 Broadway
LOCAL POST OFFICES
PRINCE STREET POST OFFICE 103 Prince St.
CANAL STREET POST OFFICE 350 Canal St.
EAST COAST POAST 110 Leroy St.
US POST OFFICE 201 Varick St.
EAST SIDE TORAH CENTER 313 Henry St.
OUR LADY OF POMPEII SCHOOL 60 Macdougal Street
CASCADES HIGH SCHOOL 198 Forsyth St.
COOK CENTER ACADEMY 60 Macdougal St.
LOWER EAST SIDE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL 145 Stanton St.
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE ADULT EDUCATION 415 West 13th St.
NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL 57 Worth St.
MAN OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING CENTER 250 West Houston St.
METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK 75 Varick St.
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5TH PRECINCT 18 Elizabeth St. (212) 334 - 0711
1ST PRECINCT 16 Ericsson Place (212) 334 - 0611
NEW YORK EYE & EAR INFIRMARY 310 East 14th St. and 2nd Ave.