7.2 out of 10

SoHo

Ranked 17th best neighborhood in Manhattan
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Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 14, 2012

"SoHo – Where the Elite Meet to Live, Love, & Spend Money"

Originally an industrial area, today’s SoHo is ultra-chic, ultra-luxe, and ultra-expensive. Loft spaces are the de rigueur living quarters and the average selling price is upwards of $2.5 million. Prices may be high, but the lofts are often magnificent, with 15-foot ceilings, cast-iron columns, Corinthian capitals, and spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows

A few families call SoHo home, but most residents are singles and couples, high-earning professionals with a taste for the finer things in life. It comes as no surprise, then, that the commercial spaces that occupy the first floors of SoHo’s converted warehouses offer upscale products such as $38,000 sofas and $1,500 handmade jeans.

SoHo is a major tourist destination on the weekends, and sidewalks become impassably clogged with visitors and street vendors selling to them. For many SoHo has been a place to shop, but not buy, so there is a lot of gawking, pointing, and standing around. Low-end retailers such as Old Navy and H&M are moving into the neighborhood to fill the gap, a move that is not especially welcomed by residents. The arrival of big box stores simply means more transient visitors who treat the neighborhood badly, leaving the streets littered and the garbage cans overflowing.

SoHo restaurants are noted for their quality, but dining out on Saturday or Sunday requires making reservations well in advance and being prepared to wait...and wait...and wait. The weekend crowds can be so off-putting that many residents say they simply barricade themselves in their apartments and wait until Monday morning.

With all these negatives, you may wondering why SoHo is so popular. I’ve wondered that myself. Still, if you are a person of means who enjoys spending (not saving) your money, you may feel right at home here.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • great designer shopping
Cons
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
  • packed on weekends
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 31, 2011

"SoHo: Art Galore and Lovely Cobblestone Streets!"

The thing I have always loved about Soho is its artsy personality. They are very much into details there. The cobblestone streets lend a wonderful ambiance to the area, as do the many art galleries. You may not be able to afford an original piece of art here but you will surely love strolling the many streets and absorbing the culture and personality that is very Soho. You will see many well dressed men and women walking about and drinking in fine restaurants. The air is very classy and restrained. The area is well maintained, clean and pricey. Don't confuse Soho with the Village as these are considered on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Both neighborhoods have artists as their residents but the philosophy is different. You can see it in the streets themselves. One is very unconscious and the other very self-conscious.

Soho provides the tourist with a wealth of refined culture. So if you are looking for a fine meal, wonderfully tailored couture clothing or some original art, this is the place to head. Living here is exclusive to those who have the means to dwell in the lofts and high priced condos. But still it's a lovely place to visit and stroll through. It's an experience that shouldn't be missed.
Pros
  • gorgeous buildings
  • Incredible architecture
Cons
  • Crowded
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 24, 2011

"Trendy Neighborhood in Downtown Manhattan"

SoHo, which stands for "South of Houston Street", is a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan roughly bordered by Houston Street on the North, Lafayette Street on the east, Canal Street n the south, and West Broadway to the west. Soho is a trendy area that was once home to many artists living in the huge lofts which abound in the area. During the 1960s and 1970s these lofts were inexpensive because they were converted warehouses.s The area was once highly industrial with crime and prostitution commonplace. Starting in the 1980s the area began to change to the upscale and expensive neighborhood that it is known to be today. Those same lofts which once housed rising artists now sell for hundreds of thousands so that these artists have been priced out by Hedge Fund Traders and a good many celebrities who call this area home.

The neighborhood is known for its narrow, quaint side streets, such as Prince, Greene, and Mercer that offering plenty of character and history, along with several art galleries European shops, and trendy cafes. The shopping tends to be expensive (think Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Tag Heuer) but there are a few stores where you may find a decent price such as H&M and Urban Outfitter both on Broadway. There is also an Apple Store on Prince Street always a fun place to test new products. Another fun place for kids (both young and adult) is KidRobot on Prince Street. KidRobot offers limited edition toys and clothing created by some of the world's most renowned artists and designers. The area is highly is hot spot of tourist activity and is packed on the weekend.

There are many fine dining establishments in the Soho neighborhood, such as Cipriani Downtown on West Broadway (expensive), Fanelli's on Prince and Broome Street Street (moderately expensive) and Pao! on Spring Street which offers Mediterranean fare. The Broome Street Bar which offers a nice community vibe is one of the few places left for the artists and writer on a limited budget.

SoHo is also home to theAngelika Film Center which is located on Houston and Mercer Streets plays a diverse mix of indie film and is the theater of choice for both filmmakers and film goers alike. Patrons may also enjoy a gourmet snack at the Angelika Cafe.

Transportation to the area is very good with the N,Q,R, W and 1 to Canal Street or 6 train to Spring Street.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • great designer shopping
  • gorgeous buildings
  • Celebrity residents
  • Great shopping
  • Incredible architecture
  • Loft style living
Cons
  • Crowded
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
  • packed on weekends
  • artists who were the original inhabitants of Soho are being shut out of the neighborhood which has been bought over by wealthy financiers.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jan 12, 2011

"Cool Neighborhood With Pricey Apartments And Great Shopping"

SoHo is a bit on the pretentious side but that does not take away from the fact that SoHo is a new, trendy New York neighborhood done right. SoHo is, in my opinion, the best place to shop in Manhattan, and offers great food, good bars, and is close to everything else.

Living here gets very expensive. Most of the people in the area are the cool, young crowd that has managed to make enough cash to live in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in the city. Personally, I would not live here because of the never ending crowds EVERYWHERE but I would definitely live nearby. The area is easy to get to via public transportation, has both upscale and affordable shopping boutiques, nice looking buildings, and an artsy-fartsy feel to it.

For tourists, this is a great place to come shop and grab a meal but not much else. Everything in Lower Manhattan is pretty close, however, whether it is the Village, Chinatown, the Bowery, Tribeca, or Chelsea. Things here get pretty expensive though.

Dean and DeLuca is a pretty neat place to eat or buy food. Their coffee is great and I have to get a cup every time I'm there. The area has just about every boutique you can think off, I prefer the Topman and some of the chain-y stores like H&M and American Apparel.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Crowded
  • expensive
  • dead at night
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Dec 31, 2010

"The In Crowd's Hood"

There are two types of people consistently in Soho: wealthy young people who live in amazing lofts and eat at Soho's incredible, renowned restaurants, and tourists who come to shop up and down Broadway everyday. For those of us in the middle, Soho remains a go-to spot for shopping and perhaps nightlife.

Soho is one of the coolest neighborhoods aesthetically, thanks to this fusion it has going on of industrial and quaint. You'll find lots of cast iron architecture, warehouses and European embellishment along cobblestone streets. The apartments here are usually lofts and lots of bars and restaurants have opened in spacious warehouse-type locations. The shopping here is expensive and designer, with a few bones thrown to the middle class, like Topshop and H&M. Broadway has a few stores that are worth fighting crowds for, but usually the strip is a tourist-infested nightmare. The side streets, like Prince, Greene and Mercer, are the real gems, with off-the-beaten-track boutiques and bars. While you'll find fashion's best offerings in Soho - from Scoop to Catherine Malandrino to L'Agent Provocateur - you'll also find quirky-cool spots like KidRobot for toys and Evolution for scientific wonders and taxidermy.

The dining scene in Soho is fantastic if you've got the bucks, otherwise, not so much. But I do recommend Fanelli's on Prince and Broome Street Bar for that authentic Soho starving artist community vibe, only with delicious comfort food.

If more people could afford to live in Soho, it'd probably have a better reputation - people often write it off as pretentious. But aside from the tourist invasion, it can be a really cool place.
Pros
  • great designer shopping
  • gorgeous buildings
  • great bar scene
  • central to everything
Cons
  • Crowded
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Dec 30, 2010

"Highly coveted but expensive neighborhood in Manhattan"

SoHo (which stands for south of Houston Street) is an artsy neighborhood in the southern part of Manhattan. It's hard to imagine that it was once full of brothels and factories. As long as I can remember, it has been upscale and hip, known for its huge loft apartments, narrow streets, and historic cast iron architecture. If someone says they have a "loft in Soho," Manhattanites will inevitably "ooh" and "ahh". In the 1960s and 70s, these lofts were cheap because they were converted industrial spaces. In the 80s, that began to change, and SoHo slowly became the upscale, expensive neighborhood that it is today.

Soho in 2010 is a prime shopping area with lots of small boutiques and art galleries. It's expensive, but even if you don't buy, you'll love strolling these beautiful streets filled with character and history. You can find great food and original clothing that you won't find anywhere else. It's worth it just for the window shopping. The nightlife in SoHo is pretty good, too, and the neighborhood is conveniently located near both Greenwich Village and the East Village.

As far as living here, it isn't an easy proposition, but if you have the bucks, you can probably find something fabulous. For most people, however, living in SoHo is a pipe dream.
Pros
  • great designer shopping
  • gorgeous buildings
  • great bar scene
  • central to everything
  • Loft style living
Cons
  • Crowded
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
  • artists who were the original inhabitants of Soho are being shut out of the neighborhood which has been bought over by wealthy financiers.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 27, 2010

"Jealous of SoHo? You should be"

The best restaurants in the city are in SoHo. The best shops in the city are in SoHo. The best gyms are in SoHo. The best apartments in the city are in SoHo. So why aren't you in SoHo?

It's hard to be popular. Sure, what was once called Hell's Thousand Acres was taken over by artists squatters in the 60s and 70s, and it's too bad that they don't have the space they once did. But that's true of everywhere.

Also, because it's such a popular spot, European tourists flock and shop there. But why shouldn't you enjoy NY's best neighborhood just because it's popular?

The bars are excellent, but you have to look for them. Some of them are underground and a lot of them are on the top of hotels.

Other highlights include Blue Ribbon, Barolo, Hudson River Park, SoHo Rep (one of the most innovative theatre companies in the city), Film Forum, SoHo Hotel and the SoHo Grand.

People who hate SoHo just because it’s popular are jealous. Visit SoHo for an afternoon, view an apartment and the local offerings and you’ll understand why.

Hand down, SoHo is the best place to live in New York City.
Pros
  • great designer shopping
  • gorgeous buildings
  • great bar scene
  • Incredible architecture
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Oct 07, 2010

"Artists pushed out by high end retail"

Soho, like many New York neighborhoods, has had a thousand past lives. The most recent one involved artists living and working in the sprawling lofts created from defunct factories. Then, Soho was a cooler, more artistic place.

The Soho of today is very clean and very expensive. There are few artists living and working in, or even near, Soho. While it’s a nice neighborhood to live in if you have the cash, its’ sad that another distinct New York artistic community has been pushed aside by gentrification.

Now that it has, though, there’s more room for designer boutiques and an Apple store and places to buy an obscenely expensive tufted ottoman. If you’re looking for amazing shopping, Soho is a good place to go. There are also isolated residences that look like warehouses from the outside but feature amazing interiors. I’ve seen some of the most beautiful apartments imaginable in New York. There are some huge spaces, with high ceiling and cathedral windows. I can see why artists would have been inspired by having so much gorgeous light to work in.

Much of the neighborhood is busy during the day, with tourist and regular traffic clogging the streets. In the evening things quiet down considerably, to the point of eeriness. It’s quiet at night but maintains a sense of isolation rather than safety.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Aug 18, 2010

"A Neighborhood with a Mixture of Elegance and Ugliness"

Before the mid-20th century, SoHo was known as Hell's Hundred Acres. It was initially a wasteland. There were sweatshops and small factories. Before the mid-20th century, SoHo was made up primarily of bars and brothels.

About the year 1968, artists began to move into the area. In 1968 artists and activists formed an organization to legalize their ability to live in a manufacturing zone. According to the city Planning Commission, the area these artists moved to was south of Houston St. As such, to distinguish it as being in this location, the area was referred to as "SoHo."

Now, the place has a combination of art and shopping. The place was given the name "SoHo Cast Iron Historic District," because of the many buildings incorporating cast iron architectural elements.
The place is not a wonderland, nor is it pleasing to look at. The only good about are the stores nearby.
Pros
  • great designer shopping
  • gorgeous buildings
  • great bar scene
  • central to everything
  • Celebrity residents
  • Incredible architecture
  • Great shopping
  • Loft style living
  • it's expensive, but I can't stay away from the Dean & Deluca here
Cons
  • Crowded
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
  • packed on weekends
  • artists who were the original inhabitants of Soho are being shut out of the neighborhood which has been bought over by wealthy financiers.
  • dead at night
  • Pretentious Euros
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Jun 06, 2010

"Major change for people who grew up here"

I know a few people who grew up in SOHO and they will tell you they grew up struggling financially and living in illegal lofts, basically squatting for most of their childhood. It might be hard to imagine it now, but SOHO was a real wasteland in the sixties and seventies, a real slum. As everyone will tell you, it was the artists who first moved into this neighborhood who created the SOHO everyone knows today, and who were the first to leave when the rent prices went sky-high. I still know artist families who bought lofts in the area and have lived there all these past decades, had children there, committed themselves to the neighborhood and the community. I can tell you that no one among this group of people is all that happy by the boom of commercialism that has taken over the area. Sure, property values have soared, so they can now sublet their apartments to celebrities (I know someone who rented to Brad Pitt) for ridiculous amounts of money. One the other hand, no one who really lived in the neighborhood all these years is happy that the community spirit and real neighborhood feel has disappeared under Calvin Klein billboards and street vendors hawking plastic jewelry. The weekend shoppers are obscene. All the good galleries, the ones that made SOHO an art center were forced out because of soaring rent prices. I doubt SOHO is going to be an interesting place again in my lifetime, but who knows?
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Mar 27, 2010

"All else is forgiven because it's so stylish"

I'm a sucker for Soho and it has a lot to do with the architecture and the lay of the streets. The buildings were originally intended to be factories, so many of them now have huge loft spaces with gorgeous, high windows and iron detailing. The detailing of entrance ways and fire escapes is quite disctinctive, and to my eye, truly beautiful. But to each his own. At one time Soho was a center of the most hip and raw gallery scene there was (think, 1970's) but that time is sadly over and it is now an ultra shopping center of all the big designers: Chanel, Gucci, Prada, plus a ton of high end Italian furniture designers.

I know everyone complains about the tourist shopping crowds on weekends, and they are rather unfortunate. However, despite the neighborhood's demise as a center of artistic life and its rise as a symbol of moneyed snobbery and fashion world shallowness, there are still a couple of good things about this place. One recent discovery was RecessArt, a tiny “gallery” that offers artists a storefront to create installations and interact with the public, Location One, another gallery that offers residencies to international artists and exhibits their work, and the Performance Garage, the ultra ne plus of the downtown theater scene. Lucky Strike is a restaurant I frequent enthusiastically, and I have often enjoyed one of their truly delicious appetizers and a glass of wine, and felt like I'd had my fill.
Pros
  • great designer shopping
  • gorgeous buildings
Cons
  • expensive
  • dead at night
  • packed on weekends
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Mar 14, 2010

"God, I hate this neighborhood"

I think I am in the vast minority, but man I just really don't like Soho. There's something about it that just makes my skin crawl. It's so crowded all the time. And it's just kind of Euro-pretentious. No offense to Europeans (they're lovely), but it's a particular kind of garrish, snobby Euro that seems to flock to Soho. It's like the new money version of the Upper East Side. And, the new money attitude is so annoying and sad to me. Of course, the shopping is great and convenient -- Soho holds just about every shop you can imagine including the million story Bloomingdales. But they are always so packed as are the sidewalks.
And, honestly, there just really aren't any cool places to hang out in Soho. It's just like a giant shopping mall with crappy restaurants to me. Antique Garage is cool for hanging out for a drink but you can only go when it's warm and the food is not good. Bread's food is decent but the service has been so repeatedly bad there, I won't go back. And, the vibe of the place is so model / new money pretentious, I wouldn't care if the eggplant sent me into sublimination.
There are no decent coffee shops. Starbucks everywhere, but big deal. And, Dean and Deluca is always packed and over priced for mediocre coffee. The Mercer is even awful. I could go on and on about how awful I think this place is. And, the rent is so high to live in a tiny apartment over a J.Crew on an endlessly noisy street. I'll pass.
Pros
  • Celebrity residents
  • great designer shopping
Cons
  • Pretentious Euros
  • Crowded
  • dead at night
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
  • packed on weekends
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Feb 23, 2010

"One of my fav neighborhoods in NY, very cool, very busy and great atmosphere"

Pros
  • great bar scene
  • great designer shopping
  • gorgeous buildings
  • Celebrity residents
  • central to everything
  • Great shopping
  • Incredible architecture
  • Loft style living
  • it's expensive, but I can't stay away from the Dean & Deluca here
Cons
  • Crowded
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
  • packed on weekends
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5
Jan 10, 2010

"Gorgeous, artsy slice of New York glamour"

One of the most exclusive and expensive neighborhoods in New York City, SoHo (New York City code for South of Houston Street) is famous for the SoHo loft - the vast apartments created out of former warehouses, will oodles of space and an artistic charm, with enormous windows. These lofts, once the purview of artists illegally squatting, are now multi-million dollar apartments, and the area reflects the sort of resident that can afford it. One of the first NYC neighborhoods to be "gentrified," SoHo is known for its expensive shopping - from D&G to Prada to the Apple Store, along with several artsy boutiques hawking housewares and other ingenious designs - hip restaurants, and cultural landmarks like the SoHo Repertory and Joyce SoHo dance theatre. The cast iron buildings mean that the area is extraordinarily physically beautiful from an architectural perspective, but alas as with so much in Manhattan, this beauty comes at a price. Still, for those who can afford it, the cobblestone streets and cast-iron are gorgeous and picturesque backgrounds to a high-end life, although one thing to watch out for is the crowds! The massive influx of tourists means that sometimes those charming narrow streets are too crowded to be really comfortable.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Jan 07, 2010

"Great place to visit if you've brought a fat wallet"

This is not only a fantastic neighborhood for sighting celebrities, there is nothing that you can't do in Soho. The neighborhood is home to a couple of great bookstores (my favorite of which is McNally Jackson, but the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is also in the area and contributes to a good cause), clothing stores and a hugely diverse population of restaurants. Boqueria is a good spot for great food, though a bit pricey.

Soho is a good neighborhood to explore without the use of a Lonely Planet guide, as there is something to consume in every direction you turn. A bit of wandering and the average tourist should find everything their little visiting heart desires from New York City.
Pros
  • it's expensive, but I can't stay away from the Dean & Deluca here
  • Celebrity residents
  • great designer shopping
  • central to everything
  • gorgeous buildings
  • great bar scene
  • Incredible architecture
  • Great shopping
  • Loft style living
Cons
  • Crowded
  • Lots of tourists
  • packed on weekends
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 24, 2009

"A shopaholic's paradise"

Trendy Soho (south of Houston Street) is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in New York City. The boundaries of Soho are loosely defined so as to include the area that lies south of West Houston Street and north of Canal Street while its eastern and western limits are described as Lafayette Street and Sixth Avenue.

Soho is home to some of the city’s shops, bars and restaurants and it accordingly packed with hordes of tourists who want to experience a bit of classic New York City magic on the cobble stone streets of Soho. This is the main reason that I wouldn’t want to live in Soho though I do adore and appreciate the area’s many cast-iron fronted buildings which house huge super expensive loft apartments which are much coveted by celebrities, artists and all the other beautiful and affluent people of New York City.

Nevertheless I do enjoy going to Soho to browse and drop serious change at its many shops that line Broadway and its surrounding streets. My trips to Soho almost always include trips to stores like Topshop, Uniglo, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Muji, Pearl River Mart , the Moma Store and if I am in a mood for some serious retail therapy then also stores like Kirna Zabete and the flagship Longchamp store. When I am tired of shopping and need a rest I tend to take a break at the area’s many stylish cafés like Dean De Luca or Café Angelique which offer good coffee and scrumptious baked goods.

Soho like many other neighborhoods in New York City is renowned for its great dining and entertainment options as well and some of my favorite haunts in the area include establishments like Kittichai at the Thompson Hotel, the bar at the Soho Grand hotel and the fabulous Mercer Kitchen located within the stylish Mercer Hotel on Prince Street.
Pros
  • Great shopping
  • Celebrity residents
  • great designer shopping
  • central to everything
  • gorgeous buildings
  • great bar scene
  • Incredible architecture
Cons
  • artists who were the original inhabitants of Soho are being shut out of the neighborhood which has been bought over by wealthy financiers.
  • Crowded
  • expensive
  • Lots of tourists
  • packed on weekends
  • Pretentious Euros
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jun 15, 2009

"Very popular neighborhood with lots to offer!"

I just love Soho, New York, there is so much to offer and it is not un common to run into celebrities on a daily basis. There is so much to do in this part of New York City. Soho is considered a neighbor to "Little Italy" which is just fabulous and alot of fun! It is a bit pricey of a neighborhood and very contemporary with great museums . Many families and couples as well as singles are here. Cast Iron Building architecture Green Street is the main street for all attractions and a good way to get tourists started on site seeing.
Pros
  • Incredible architecture
  • Loft style living
  • Celebrity residents
  • great bar scene
  • central to everything
Cons
  • Lots of tourists
  • Crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
Mar 20, 2009

"SoHo Has It All and Then Some"

SoHo stands for South of Houston Street, and is located at Canal Street between Lafayette Street and Sixth Avenue. The neighborhood is highly trendy with many upscale shops, restaurants, and bars. It is a great place to window-shop or come back at night for some great fun.

The neighborhood displays some 250 cast iron buildings including The Little Singer Building on Broadway and the E.V. Haughwout Building at 488 Broadway. The area is unique because of its lack of skyscrapers. The old world beauty draws tourists in from all over the country and away from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan. The Mercer Hotel provides a night away in this luxurious loft living hotel.

For a romantic dinner try Raoul’s on Prince Street serving 30 years of excellent Italian cuisine. Along West Broadway is where you will find the celebrity favorite, Cipriani Downtown. You might just run into Lindsay or Pamela here.

Some attractions in this neighborhood are the Guggenheim Museum SoHo (slightly smaller than it’s big brother), the Museum of African Art, and the New York City Fire Museum (a historic NYC firehouse that houses a vast collection of fire engines and genuine equipment).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
Feb 25, 2009

"Many say this neighborhood is overrated - I disagree"

SoHo is one of my favorite neighborhoods, because it offers the two things I love to spend my money on most: food and clothing. If you’re going shopping in the area, you can’t really go wrong, because the neighborhood offers something for everyone: Aldo for the mall girls, and Eleven for the more vintage-minded. As far as food goes, you can find an awesome (as well as trendy) selection at Balthazar, a seafood icon of SoHo.
A word to the wise, though: if you hate crowds, avoid this neighborhood during busy hours, during regular rush hours and all day on weekends. The sidewalks get pretty packed with shoppers, especially when the street vendors open up on the weekends.
meridianman
meridianman I thought Balthazar was French food?
Mar 02, 2009
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5/5
Feb 23, 2009

"Soho - An oasis of style and shops in NYC."

Located South of Houston Street, SoHo is one of the most fantastically hip neighborhoods Manhattan has to offer. With a population of approximately 29,000 and Canal Street to Houston Street and situated between the Hudson River and Lafayette Street, SoHo is in a fantastic location.

Transportation in the neighborhood is extremely convenient with various trains servicing the neighborhood. Another wonderful aspect of living in SoHo is the wonderful architecture and vibe of the neighborhood. Ranging from walk-ups to high-rise lofts, SoHo is home to a diverse cross-section of residents. SoHo is one of New York City’s most popular tourist spots, given its proximity to Chinatown, Little Italy, NoHo, and the Lower East Side.

Shopping is one of the neighborhood’s best attributes, featuring a wide array of women’s and men’s fashion. Designers such as Kate Spade and Steve Madden have boutiques in the neighborhood, as well as more popular chains like H&M and Banana Republic, West Broadway is the perfect place to begin a shopping trip in SoHo, as it is lined with various stores, high end boutiques, and street vendors. Dining in SoHo is a treat, with a nice selection of cuisine. For a great Mexican meal, try Dos Caminos’ SoHo location (475 W. Broadway). Nightlife in SoHo is at best trendy, with new places sparking up constantly. With dance clubs, bars, and more low-key establishments, anyone can have a fun night out on the town in this hot neighborhood.

Transportation:
To get to Soho, use the Blue Line’s A, C, or E downtown trains to Canal Street or try the C or E to Spring Street. The Red Line’s 1,2, and 3 trains service both Houston Street and Canal Street. Other trains include: N, R, Q, W to Canal Street, R, W to Prince Street, 6 to Canal and Spring Streets, and the J, M, Z trains to Canal Street.

Real Estate:
Larger Apartments (2 bedroom or more) in this neighborhood can sell for more than $15 M, while renting can exceed $15,000. Smaller units are cheaper, but this desirable neighborhood is infamous of for its high priced real estate offerings.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Best Streets in SoHo

1

MacDougal St

4.5/5
"The Heart of The Village"
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2

Spring St

4/5
"Famous food and other delights"
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3

Prince St

3.5/5
"Stylish but crowded"
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4

Sullivan St

3.5/5
"Cute street with a lot to eat. "
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5

Charlton St

3.5/5
"Avoid the corners"
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6

West Broadway

3.5/5
"Something for Everyone"
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7

Thompson St

3.5/5
"New York Loves Chess So Much They Have a Chess District"
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8

Mercer St

3.5/5
"Gallerinas and Coffee-junkies "
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9

Vandam St

3.5/5
"Cute with a lot to do"
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10

Greene St

3.5/5
"Love the vibe!"
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