While SoHo is best known for its dreamy streetscapes and high-end boutiques, the neighborhood is perhaps most synonymous with its majestic cast-iron architecture (in fact, it has the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world). SoHo housed sprawling textile factories in the 1880s and 90s, into the early 20th century. In the 1960s, artists like Chuck Close, Frank Stella and Richard Serra turned the abandoned spaces into lofts, and started vital bohemian art movements. Naturally, art galleries sprouted up all around them and SoHo was revitalized.
Today, the neighborhood is home to some of New York’s best shopping (Prada, Chanel, Yohji Yamamoto), an exciting culinary landscape (Carbone, Raoul’s, Jack’s Wife Freda) and some of New York’s most famous denizens. Take a stroll over its charming cobblestone streets and historic bottle glass sidewalks and you’ll see why everyone wants to live here: gigantic windows admitting floods of natural light, tall ceilings and expansive living spaces – it’s delightfully iconic.