SoHo, short for “South of Houston Street,” has long been transformed from an historic warehouse district into the city’s destination for chic boutiques, swanky restaurants, high-end spas and breathtaking lofts. SoHo is home to celebrities and affords a scenic view of some of the most beautiful, restored buildings of New York. Almost all of SoHo is included in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, which was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1973, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978. The side streets in the district are notable for being paved with Belgian blocks. SoHo sits centrally in downtown Manhattan and is surrounded by Tribeca, Greenwich Village, NoLita, and Little Italy. The neighborhood is accessible by several subway stops.

DINING

Blue Ribbon Sushi A favorite that has some of the best raw fish in town. Centovini This sleeo SoHo wine bar features and appealing blend of stylishly seasonal ingredients and homey Pugliese pastas. Aquagrill Still a rollicking neighborhood spot with a lively bar scene and some inspired cooking. Balthazar Keith McNally’s Paris bistro-inspired masterpiece.

RECREATION AND LANDMARKS

Children’s Museum of the Arts A glorified playroom for artsy kinds. Deitch Projects A gallery run by an art world legend. New York City Fire Museum The history and harrowing heroism of New York’s bravest. Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art An innovative international venue for art that provides a significant forum for cultural dialogue between Switzerland, Europe, and the United States. Hudson River Park Lounge in the grass, mosey along the river or hop on your bike or roller-blades and head south for great views of the downtown Manhattan skyline.

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