A Guide to SoHo
Come visit the trendiest neighborhood in Manhattan and experience all that it has to offer!
History SoHo never stays the same for very long-‐ check out a timeline of how the area has changed over the years! 1600’s-‐ SoHo is covered in grassy hills, streams, meadows, forests, marshes and farms. 1700’s-‐ SoHo maintains rural character until the late 1760’s when farms began dividing into smaller units. Urbanization began to make its mark on the area. 1800’s-‐ The wealthy began settling in SoHo and the area attracted businesses, hotels, theatres, stores, mansions, and more. Private homes gave way to cast iron architecture. Then, textile industries, warehouses and factories begin setting up shop in the late 1800’s. 1900’s-‐ SoHo is no longer the place to be and the quality of the area has declined. The area is known as “Hell’s Hundred Acres”. In 1973, 26 blocks of cast-‐iron architecture are designated a historic district. The area becomes a haven for artists, and then revives itself as a ‘chic’ place to be. Today-‐ SoHo is one of the hippest places to be in the city offering a wide array of attractions including shopping, dining, nightlife, theatre, art and more!
Shopping The options are endless for shopping in SoHo-‐ so we’ve made it easy for you to navigate the busy streets in search for the perfect new purchase!
You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the most diverse shopping experience of your life. Step into the beautiful cast-‐iron buildings anywhere along Broadway, West Broadway, Spring, Broome, Grand, Prince and Greene St. You will find everything from high-‐end retail flagship stores to one-‐of-‐a-‐kind boutiques, and street vendors where you can find the best deals. There is something for everyone when it comes to shopping in SoHo.
Dining After a long day of shopping-‐ take a seat at a French bistro with outdoor seating, or grab a slice of that famous NY pizza you’ve heard so much about! We’re giving you a few options but whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
Balthazar 80 Spring St-‐ French Bistro
Lure Fish Bar 142 Mercer St-‐ Seafood/Sushi
Café Noir 32 Grand St-‐ Spanish/Tapas
Mezzogiorno 195 Spring St-‐ Italian/Pizza ***Check websites for pricing, menus, dress code, and reservations***
Attractions SoHo can provide a thrilling cultural experience aside from dining and shopping. We’ve provided you with a small sampling of ideas. Check out the attractions mentioned below! Museums The New Museum of Contemporary Art-‐ 235 Bowery St. NYC Fire Museum-‐ 278 Spring St .
Joyce Theatre SoHo-‐ 155 Mercer St. Blue Man Productions-‐ 599 Broadway
AFA-‐ 54 Greene St. OK Harris -‐ 383 West Broadway
Transportation Whether you’re staying for an afternoon or a week, SoHo is worth the trip! How to Get Here: It is extremely easy to get to SoHo from other areas of the city by subway. Below are some possible options. To Canal St. Station 6, N, Q, R, W, A, C, E, 1 to Canal St. To Prince St. Station R, W to Prince St. To Broadway-‐Lafayette Station B, D, F, M to Broadway-‐Lafayette
To Spring St. Station 6, C, E to Spring St. To Houston St. Station 1 to Houston St.
***visit MTA.info for schedules, maps, and more information***
Lodging Where to Stay: There are a number of notable hotels in SoHo, which are all within walking distance to the amazing attractions that the area has to offer. Courtyard Marriott-‐ 181 Varick St.
Hampton Inn-‐ 54 Watts St.
60 Thompson-‐ 60 Thompson St.
Azure-‐ 120 Lafayette St.
SoHo Grand-‐ 310 West Broadway
The Solita-‐ 159 Grand St.
Holiday Inn-‐ 138 Lafayette St.
The James NY-‐ 27 Grand St.
No matter where you stay, we hope you enjoy your time in SoHo, NYC! Visit our website, www.sohonyctourguide.com for more tips on what to do during your visit.