One of our favorite neighborhoods in the world is SoHo in New York City. The once industrial neighborhood turned vacant neighborhood turned arts district turned trendy boutique heaven is one of the coolest spots in New York’s five boroughs. Yes, it is filled with awesome shopping, great restaurants and trendy hotels. But to me, the main drawing card is all the awesome SoHo architecture thanks to the best collection of cast-iron architecture anywhere in the world. Well, that and all the shopping really makes my wife happy.
I’d love to spend more time walking the cobblestoned streets of SoHo snapping photos.
Here are just a few to give a taste of the cool SoHo architecture. Oh, and just in case you’re wondering where SoHo is, it’s the several blocks just south of Houston Street in Downtown Manhattan. My suggestion is take a train to Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village and start walking south. Those handful of blocks will give a taste of the Village before crossing Houston into SoHo cool.
Of course fire escapes are a necessity. And in New York City, especially SoHo, it’s an added element of cool to buildings’ architecture.
And to show that not all SoHo architecture comes in the finished — or occupied variety — there are a few vacant buildings that still dot the streets.
I’m not sure what it is, but I really loved this building. It reminded me of what I imagine New York buildings looked like in the decades before World War II. It’s simple without the flash of new signs. I do wonder why it seems to be so dusty.
Yes, Manhattan has plenty of awesome buildings. In many of the island’s neighborhoods, though, there seems to be a lot of newer construction. That’s why it’s important that the beautiful buildings in SoHo were saved many years ago when a proposed freeway would’ve cut across the neighborhood, and we would’ve lost the amazing SoHo architecture for good.