Today’s SoHo is synonymous with world class dining, prestigious art galleries, chic clothing stores, luxury boutique hotels, trendy lounges, picturesque cobble stone streets and stunning cast iron architecture.
The Lower Manhattan neighborhood SoHo is shorthand for South of Houston, the first official acronym given to a New York City neighborhood. Others eventually followed, NoHo (North of Houston), Tribeca (Triangle below Canal Street) and Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.)
The neighborhood stretches roughly from Canal Street to Houston Street and lies between the Hudson River and Lafayette Street. Nearby neighborhoods include Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Little Italy and Chinatown.
SoHo has a colorful past and rich history and the area has undergone extreme changes.
In the 1700s’ SoHo was subdivided into sprawling farms. Broome Street, between Thompson and Greene Streets were covered with trees and peppered with rolling hills and streams. Beekman’s swamp (yes, a swamp) encircled Spring Street, and Bayard’s Mount (named after Nicholas Bayard, the 16th mayor of New York City) was the highest point in Manhattan, located west of Broome Street.