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SoHo is an area in Lower Manhattan that is as much a state-of-mind as it is a locale. SoHo is bounded by Houston and Canal streets to the north and south, and by Crosby Street and Avenue of the Americas to the east and west. Most of the streets in central SoHo are rather narrow and paved with Belgian blocks, a sort of half-brick, half cobblestone, and you can go many blocks south, in the shadow of the Freedom Tower, without seeing a tree. It’s an evocative experience, and it’s easy to imagine horses and wagons crowding these streets in another era. SoHo is probably the world’s capital of cast-iron façade buildings; rows and rows of them shining in the sun and proffering eye-catching, photo-op arrays of fire escapes in a variety of patterns and colors. Which brings to mind shopping. Style hounds and fashionistas from around the globe flock to Soho for retail therapy. They come to browse and buy goods offered by a variety of world-renowned clothing, furniture and electronics designers and manufacturers, all of whom have opened a requisite Flagship SoHo Location. Apple, Nicole Miller, Louis Vuitton – everybody seems to have a showroom here. People actually live in SoHo too, most evidently as you head north and east toward NYU and Washington Square. Here the streets are much quieter, less hectic, and leafier. The locals do come out at night to drink and dine in SoHo’s trendy bars and restaurants; there’s a pretty vibrant night life once the shops close their doors. It’s hard to characterize SoHo in typical residential neighborhood terms because it’s not. But it sure is a fun place to visit. By Ken Hamberg

Neighborhood Highlights





Rental Prices:

$2,650 ― $12,200

Sales Prices:

$928,000 ― $2,926,000


Children's Museum of the Arts, The Drawing Center, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex

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  • chasingmatt
    December 15th 2014
    SOHO = shopping heaven. Not to mention it's one of the hippest parts of NYC.
  • Rebecca
    August 29th 2014
    My go to shopping spot! Great coffee around here too
  • sophie
    June 4th 2014
    Can't agree more with Jamie. The shopping here is the best. Trendy meets mainstream with the shops here (vs more tourist focused up on 5th avenue). Make sure to be adventurous and head down to Canal Street for some great bargains on leather goods. Can be overwhelming sometimes (not sure if I'd live here) but a great afternoon excursion!
  • Jamie
    March 5th 2014
    Best shopping in all of New York City. Wether your shopping on a budget or have no budget they have all stores with all prices. Also has a lot of cool artwork and great little restaurants.

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