SoHo and TriBeCa

The neighborhoods of SoHo (an acronym for South of Houston) which occupies the area from Houston (North), Canal Street ( South), West Broadway (West) and Crosby Street (East) and TriBeCa (an acronym for Triangle Below Canal Street ) are among Manhattan's most trendy.


SoHo is on the site of the first free black community on the Island. This area was settled in 1664 by former slaves who were granted land for farms.

During the 19th century SoHo became an industrial area with many cast-iron commercial and wharehouse buildings.

Soho was threatened with demolition in the 1960s until the cast-iron buildings were saved by artist who begun to move into these lofts.

In the 60s, paintors and sculptors were attracted by the lofts or old wharehouses with huge spaces The area became very trendy. Art galleries opened soon, followed by many restaurants and shops.
SoHo is known for its famous art galleries such as Leo Castlli's art gallery which he opened in 1968.

SoHo's architecture is characterized by its cast-iron buildings from the 19th century, and the 26 blocks between Canal, West Houston and Crosby Streets and Broadway were classified as an historic district in 1973.

Museum for African Art:
593 - Broadway. Open year round Tuesday to friday, 10.30am to 5.30pm
and on the weekends noon-6pm - Closed on major holidays. $5
Information 212 966 1313

Guggenheim SoHo:
575 Broadway - Prince street - Open Sun,Mon and Wed from 11am to 6pm ; Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 22pm.
This is the SoHo branch of the Guggenheim museum. Modern art exhibitions are presented in this wonderful space renovated by the architect Arata Isokaki.

New Museum of Contemporay Art:
583 Broadway. Open year round wed-sun noon-6pm- Closed major holidays - $4 - Information 212 219-1355
This museum is dedicated to contemporary art and exhibits original artists. Conferences and debates are organized on political and society issues.

Greene Street:
The heart of Soho cast-iron district. Here there are more than 50 cast-iron buildings.
Those at 72-76 are known as the "King of Greene Street" and those at 28-30 as "the Queen of Greene Street". Both have been designed by the architect J.F Duckworth in 1872 and 1873.
At the corner of Prince Street, you will Richard Haas' muralist artwork.

Cast-iron buildings:

- The Roosevelt Building nē 478 Broadway designed by Morris Hunt

- The Haughwout Building nē 490 Broadway is one the oldest cat-iron buildings in the city.
Erected in 1857 for the E.V. Haughwout China and Glassware company.
This building was the first to use Otis safety elevator, which innovation made possible skycrapers.

- Singer Building
nē 561-563 Broadway
Built by Ernest Flagg in 1904, this building served as an office and a wharehouse for the Singer Sewing Machine Company.


Tribeca begins south of Canal Street. It used to be also an industrial arae. In the last 15 years ait has become a trendy neighborhood attracting art galleries and restaurants.
Here you will see some very interesting cast-iron buildings.

Sightseing by area

Getting there :

Subway :
- Lines D or F to Broadway-Lafayette
- Line 6 to Bleeker St
- Line N & R to Prince St

For Canal Street
- Line 1 or 9 , 7th ( Ave/Broadway)
- Line A, C or E (8th Avenue)

- Guggenheim Museum SoHo
- Museum for African Art
- New Museum for Contemporary Art
- New York Fire Museum



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