SOHO. One of Manhattan’s youngest “neighborhoods,” SoHo was named for the area south of Houston (pronounced house-ton) Street. A casual stroll through the neighborhood reveals endless rows of cast-iron columns, winding cobblestone streets, and seemingly-abandoned warehouses. Travelers discover quickly that despite its appearance, SoHo is one of the city’s most trendy areas. Historically, it was known as “hell’s hundred acres” and was an expanse of factories and sweatshops, but an influx of artists seeking refuge from Greenwich Village’s skyrocketing cost of living has added a new face to the area. Renovated warehouse lofts with large windows, high ceilings, and generous space are popular with young urban-dwellers. Trailblazing art galleries rub shoulders with giants such as the Guggenheim SoHo and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Hip restaurants, bars and shops also spring up regularly.
TRAIN: C, E to Spring St