For the second half of my trip to NYC we moved to an apartment in SoHo. Moving to Soho was a complete game changer for me and made me fall in love with this city even more. It's so hard to describe the feeling, maybe that's exactly what it was, just a feeling.
Soho has so much to offer - shopping, eating, drinking, art - you name it, it has it.
So a little brief history about Soho - the name, SoHo means South of Houston (the street) and is also known as the cast iron district as it has the most beautiful collection of cast iron architecture in the world. Most of the cast iron facades where created between 1840 to 1880 and were initially used as decorative frontage over existing buildings. At the time it was a much cheaper material to use as opposed to stone and brick. Fortunately many of those cast iron facades remain in tact today and make this neighbourhood so beautiful and unique.
Due to the open, loft like spaces inside the old buildings in SoHo, the 70's attracted many artists to work in the area due to the space, the lighting and (at the time) low rents. In 1971 it was passed that artist could legally live and work in their lofts, as originally the buildings weren't fit for residential living. It wasn't until 2005 that residential buildings where built in the area and hence saw an influx of more affluent residents (and a huge increase in rents!)
Today many artists and art galleries have left SoHo, rents have increased significantly and big commercialised shopping is prevelant.
So why did I love Soho ... it's just the feeling! Beautiful streets to just wander around with many of them still cobbled streets, unique architecture, one off boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars galore. The people with effortless style, it almost felt they never left their neighbourhood - they didn't have too. We stayed in a brilliant location Corner of Elizabeth and Prince Streets. The street names you want to remember when visiting Soho are Prince, Spring, Greene, Crosby and Wooster.
My favourites in Soho were :
McNALLY JACKSON BOOKS
52 Prince Street
Oh I fell in love with this little bookstore. Was it the books? The Stumptown coffee? The interiors? Yes to all of the above! One thing I wanted to do whilst in NY was find a regular local spot where I could go daily and grab my coffee and I found it in McNally Jackson Books! I would go here often and sit with a coffee and my new book (#GIRLBOSS - if you haven't read it, please do, Sophia Amoruso rocks) and be a temporary local!
121 Greene Street
What a luxey shopping experience! Proenza Schouler is deceiving from the outside but as you enter it all changes. Normal first floor but then hit the back of the store and it opens onto a very cool staircase that leads down to more shopping area. It's like a little oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle.
ELIZABETH STREET GARDENS
Elizabeth Street, between Prince & Spring Streets
Stumbled upon this little spot late one night when it was closed. So I made sure to venture back to the Elizabeth Street Gardens and see what this was all about. So glad I did, it was a weekend day, gorgeous weather and there were people sitting around the garden in the shade chatting, reading and taking in the musician who was playing their guitar. It was just gorgeous.
MIN NEW YORK
117 Crosby Street
My dear friend Clayton over at What Men Should Smell Like recommended we visit Min New York in Soho because one of the girls was on the hunt for her favourite fragrance. It you love all sorts of scents or enjoy looking at retail interiors, pop into Min to explore. The ambience of the boutique sang to all the senses, not just smell. Naturally I loved the interior it was so .... Soho!
53 Greene Street
I have waited such a long time to visit a JonathanAdler store and I am so happy to say his Soho store did not disappoint. It's not a huge store but it has all the gorgeousness that Jonathan provides. And his staff were super nice and friendly.
So that's Soho, I miss it so much. Would love to know your favourte NYC hood!
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