South of Houston Street, which is where the neighborhood gets its name, SoHo is the hip neighborhood that people love to frequent for shopping and culinary adventures. Located just west of Little Italy and Nolita, this is the neighborhood to be if you want to feel like a New York icon.
During the era of Dutch colonialism, SoHo was the site of the first free Black settlement in Manhattan. The land would remain largely rural until the draining of the Collect Pond due to pollution. Soon after, Broadway and Canal street were paved and people began to come in droves.
During the early and mid 1800's SoHo began constructing cast iron buildings in order to reduce the risk of fires, which had become common in the city. The buildings allowed for large windows and apartments. The wealthy elites of Manhattan called this place home until the invention of Modern Steel, which allowed for the development of skyscrapers. The rich, seeking modern luxuries, moved to these…
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