Welcome to SoHo

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SoHo

We like our end of Broadway

A little about SoHo

The historic SoHo neighborhood ("SOuth of Houston") is bounded by Houston Street to the north and Canal Street to the south. Originally known as the Cast Iron District due to the many buildings with such façades, SoHo's historic roots date to the mid-19th Century, when cast iron was discovered as an architectural material that was cheap, flexible, yet sturdy enough to use to build decorative building facades. Craftsmen transformed what had been rather bleak looking industrial buildings made of brick and mortar into structures of architectural splendor and grace. SoHo today still exhibits the greatest concentration of cast iron architecture in the world. SoHo's decorative facades, along with its ornate fire escapes, Corinthian columns, oversized windows, and beautiful lobbies, are the signature features of a neighborhood that first-time visitors often instantly fall in love with.

The history of SoHo

During the colonial period, the land that is now SoHo was part of a grant of farmland given to freed slaves of the Dutch West Indies Company, and the site of the first free Black settlement on Manhattan island. This land was acquired in the 1660s by Augustine Hermann, and then passed to his brother-in-law, Nicholas Bayard. The estate was confiscated by the state as a result of Bayard's part in Leisler's Rebellion, but was returned to him after the sentence was annulled. In the 18th century natural barriers – streams and hills – impeded the growth of the city northward into the Bayard estate, and the area maintained its rural character. During the American Revolution, the area was the location of numerous fortifications, redoubts and breastworks. After the war, Bayard, who had suffered financially because of it, was forced to mortgage some of the property, which was divided up into lots, but even then there was very little development in the area.

 

Businesses in SoHo

Here is a collection of SoHo businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.

 

Alibi NYC

Haircare / Spas

An exclusive co-op of talented hairdressers

 

Soho Sanctuary

Haircare / Spas

A glorious escape in the Heart of Soho

 

Balthazar

Restaurants

Balthazar serves traditional bistro fare

 

Blue Ribbon Sushi

Restaurants

Delicacies flown in daily from the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

 

Charlie Bird

Restaurants

American (Traditional) and Italian

 

La Sirene

Restaurants

An authentic French bistro

 

Miss Lily's

Restaurants

Jamaican Style Dinner

 

American Two Shot

Shopping

The latest indie-label offerings for men and women

 

Babel Fair

Shopping

A women's boutique

 

Ina

Shopping

Gently worn designer consignment for women

 

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Shopping

Fresh, authentic and handmade artisan chocolates

 

Kirna Zabete

Shopping

Serving Fashionistas since 1999

 

The Evolution Store

Shopping

Unique natural history collectibles