Right in the heart of New York City lies one of the trendiest neighborhoods in all of Manhattan, SoHo. Short for South of Houston Street, this beautiful location attracts tourists from all over the world to gaze at the beautiful architecture of this area. Of course, the history of SoHo isn't all rosy.
When the original SoHo was conceived it was intended to be an area built primarily for industry. This is why the landscape around here is pepper-potted with beautiful cast iron warehouses and cobblestone streets which wouldn't look out of place in a quaint village. At the turn of 20th century however, economic recession set in which meant that the area suffered a decline. Soon after a number of illegal sweatshops moved into the area which caused it become quickly dilapidated and that of course cast it out of the minds of people who wanted to visit the area. Eventually labor laws were passed which stopped this practice, and once again the area feels empty.
In the 1960's this all changed however. Artists began to move into the area for the cheap accommodation that was on offer. The area quickly became the place to go in New York City to head if you want to see a bit of culture. Whilst the neighborhood isn't as cheap as it was in the past, it is still a brilliant place to visit. The streets of SoHo are still lined with many galleries packed to the brim with beautiful works of art from local artists. It is also the perfect place to shop if you want to purchase something a bit out of the norm, although there are plenty of 'big name' shops to explore here as well.
If you want to head to one of the most cultured place in New York City when you are on vacation then you absolutely need to put SoHo on the top of your list. Who knows, you may even bump into a famous celebrity whilst wandering through these beautiful streets!