4.9 out of 10

West Houston St, SoHo

40.7256145007514 -73.9971909988493
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5

"Busy with a lot of noise"

There's some contention about where West Houston is in Soho and where it's in the Village, but I think it starts at Dos Caminos at Laguardia . . mostly because everyone refers to this Dos as "the one in Soho." Dos Caminos is not the best Mexican around by a long shot but I always have a good time here so I have a bit of forgiveness for its food. Across the street from Dos is a garden looking kind of thing that I consider to be part of the village. This doesn't make sense, I know, but it's my point of view and I'm sticking to it.
University Village is on the next block east and it is ugly as sin. It's comprised of three massive dorm-like buildings: two of them are NYU dorms and one of them is a Co op. I don't know who in their right mind would want to live in this co op but people do. There's an Picasso sculpture on the Uni Village grounds that I think is perfectly suited to this complex with its ugliness.
One of my favorite places in the city is at West Houston and Broadway: The Anjelika. It's a great, art-house theatre with great movies in a great building. I absolutely love this place. The building was designed by Stanford White at the end of the 19th century and it is just stunning (and huge).
Once you cross Broadway, you're in just Houston territory rather than West Houston. But, no matter which Houston it is, I would never live on this street. It's one of the busiest streets downtown. There are always a million people and cars, and, for some reason, construction. There is an endless sea of noise and trash on Houston so it's just not worth even half the price they ask to live on this street. There are a lot of cool things on West Houston, but it's not a living street, in my opinion.
  • A lot to see
  • loud
  • Crowded
  • tourists
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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