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Noho and Soho are both acronyms. Noho means "North of Houston Street," and Soho means "South of Houston Street." Both Noho and Soho were elegant residential neighborhoods before the Civil War. Then the factories moved in. The beautiful old buildings were built as factories and warehouses. Many of them have distinctive façades made out of molded cast-iron, and represent the largest surviving group of such buildings in the country.
The neighborhood names are fairly recent. Once, Soho was known as "Hell's Hundred Acres." Both Soho and Noho exemplified the gritty streets of the nation's largest industrial city. But then the New York economy changed. Once it was all about the docks and factories. But in the 1950s the office economy took over. Financial services and creative industries became the new lifeblood of the city. As factories moved to other parts of the country or overseas, they left behind large empty buildings.
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In the 1960s, artists discovered that the old industrial lofts made perfect studio spaces. Soon Soho and Noho were overrun with artists. Galleries opened, followed by restaurants, bars, cafés, and boutiques. The well-to-do people who bought art in the galleries decided they liked the ambience of the neighborhoods, as well as the many wondrous things that could be done in converting lofts into elegant living quarters. Prices shot up. Most artists were renters, not owners, and decamped for Brooklyn. Many galleries moved to Chelsea.
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But Soho and Noho have remained among the most exciting and desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan. While not thought of as an office district, the fact is that there are many office properties in Soho and Noho. As in other loft-rich neighborhoods, such as the Flatiron District and Hudson Square/Tribeca, Soho and Noho have many high-ceilinged spaces with large open plans and reinforced floors. Only a company's imagination limits what can be done with such spaces.
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Creative industries, such as architecture and design firms, advertising agencies, arts consultancies, publishers, and others not only love the ambience of Soho and Noho but find being there advantageous for business. The large publishing firm Scholastic moved into a loft building on Broadway near Prince Street and later expanded next door into a new building designed by the famous Italian architect Aldo Rossi. Another type of office business found in Noho and Soho is the non-profit organization or foundation. For example, in 1989 the National Audubon Society retrofitted an 1891 loft building at 700 Broadway into its national headquarters and a model of "green design"--a superb example of what can be done with these flexible buildings.
Transportation is excellent. The N and R stop at Prince Street, and the 6 stops at Spring Street and at Bleecker Street. Both Canal Street, at the southern end of the district, and Houston Street, which divides Soho and Noho, are major transfer points.
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Soho and Noho are also among the leading retail centers of the city. Many upmarket national chains operate in the neighborhoods, but so do many independent retailers, including ones with national and international reputations.
The streets of Noho and Soho are thronged day and night with young people, foreign tourists, art lovers, high-end shoppers, and others, and pulse with life. The amazing buildings have proved they can serve manufacturing, artists' studios, homes, and offices equally well.
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