One of New York's most desirable and stylishly eclectic neighborhoods, SoHo has a long history, which holds the story of a remarkable renaissance. An artistic haven, this former industrial warehouse district preserves the city's largest collection of highly ornate cast-iron architecture, now beautifully restored as stunning, highly sought-after loft spaces with soaring ceilings and dramatic light through walls of windows. Soho real estate is now home to successful business professionals as well as artists. The area of old manufacturing buildings, no longer in use, had been virtually abandoned and slated for demolition when, in the 1960s, an influx of pioneering artists led to a zoning change allowing residential use, and an historic preservation movement resulted in SoHo's designation as a landmark Historic District.
Encompassing the area between Houston and Canal Streets from Broadway to the Hudson River, the flourishing main shopping areas of Broadway and West Broadway, intersected by charming cobblestone-lined side streets, are lined with a wealth of fine shops, design stores and unique boutiques. Also known for its dynamic nightlife, SoHo is home to a variety of performance centers, clubs and lounges along with superb restaurants, European-style cafes, and several new hotels.