SoHo is a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan in New York City. The name SoHo refers to the area being South of Houston street. SoHo is bounded by Houston Street on the northern side, Canal Street on the south, Crosby Street on the east, and Sixth Avenue to the west. This location was popular in recent history because it was home of many artists’ lofts and art galleries. Nowadays you may know this neighbourhood because of its many shops ranging from trendy upscale boutiques to national and international chain stores.
SoHo boasts the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world. Approximately 250 cast-iron buildings stand in New York City and the majority of them are in SoHo. Cast iron was initially used as a decorative front over a pre-existing building. With the addition of modern, decorative facades, older industrial buildings were able to attract new commercial clients. Most of these facades were constructed during the period from 1840 to 1880. In addition to revitalizing older structures, buildings in SoHo were later designed to feature the cast iron.
By the mid-19th century, large commercial establishments began to open such as Tiffany & Company and many more. Also grand hotels opened their doors in this neighbourhood such as the Metropolitan. Theatres followed and Broadway between Canal and Houston Streets became a very much alive theatre an shopping area; it became the entertainment center of New York City. Besides all the glamour, a lot of brothels opened as well; the New York City red light district.
By the 1950’s, most people knew the area as Hells Hundred Acres, but it became an industrial wasteland, full of small factories during the day, and nothing to do or to see during the night. Around the 1960’s artists became interested in the tall ceilings and many windows of the empty lofts. The artists turned the character of the neighbourhood back around.
SoHo is known for its commercialization and eclectic mix of boutiques for shopping. A lot of very trendy brands and boutiques have landed here during the years because of the trendy feeling this neighbourhood has.
Mercer Amsterdam draws most of its design inspiration from the area around Mercer Street, the street where it all began.
When you visit the beautiful SoHo Area, visit Mercer Street for some cool stores:
- A.P.C., 131 Mercer St. New York City
- VFILES, 12 Mercer St. New York City.
- Rag & Bone, 119 Mercer St. New York City.
- ZIMMERMAN, 55 Mercer St. New York City.
- Alexander Wang, 35 Mercer St. New York City.
- Vera Wang, 158 Mercer St. New York City.
- Balenciaga, 148 Mercer St. New York City.