Soho is a chic neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, filled with art galleries, boutique shops, restaurants and cafes. In the past, Soho was populated by artists who turned the industrial lofts into spacious live-work studios. But in time, the neighborhood was invaded by NYC’s top middle class and now it is known as an upscale shopping area. Still, Soho is an essential spot on your visit to NYC.
Although many of the Soho art galleries left the neighborhood in the past decades, Soho art scene is still vital. Terrain Gallery on 141 Greene Street is an interesting art gallery in Soho. Founded in the 1950s, the art space and education center exhibits paintings, drawings and prints by American artists such as Will Barnet and Alex Katz. Soho is also the home of The New Museum of Contemporary Art. Now located at 235 Bowery in a seven-story building designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the museum often displays exhibitions of video and digital art.
In Soho you can shop (or window shop) anything from low-priced apparel to exclusive designer homeware and even real skulls. The Evolution Nature Store on 120 Spring St provides a unique collection of science and natural history items including taxidermies, real and replica skulls and skeletons and less creepy items such as botanic illustration posters. If you want to buy books, have a drink and donate to a good cause at the same time, check out The Housing Works Bookstore Café on 126 Crosby St., where all proceeds are given to support homeless people with HIV/AIDS.
Cafes & Restaurants
Soho offers the hungry visitor anything from cheap eating to upscale dining. The Birdbath City Bakery on 160 Prince St. is a unique local café and pastry, which replaced the old-time Vesuvio Bakery without changing its design, offering pastries made from seasonal organic produce, delivered to the kitchen on bicycle-powered rickshaws.