SoHo (which stands for South-of- Houston) extends from West Houston to Canal Streets, between Sixth Avenue and the Bowery. Artists began to move into this once drab manufacturing area in the early 1970’s, taking over abandoned lofts and buildings and turning them into homes and galleries. SoHo has since developed into a beautiful and trendy neighborhood. Once home to a few cutting-edge shops, huge artists’ lofts and low-key bars, Soho now rivals Madison Avenue as an upscale residential and retail neighborhood. Surrounded by 19th century cast iron architecture, the entire neighborhood is the city’s only landmark district and is famous for its shops, galleries and some of the city’s best restaurants including Alison on Dominick Street and Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street. The New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of African Art are also located in the area, as well as fashion greats: Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Sephora, Phat Farm, Stussy and many others.
Tribeca (which stands for Triangle-Below-Canal) extends south of Canal Street, down to Barclay Street, between Broadway and the Hudson River. The area is made up of lofts, once used for light manufacturing and warehouses, which have slowly been converted into luxury rental and loft condo buildings. Although TriBeCa boosts such famous residents as Harvey Keitel, Robert DiNiro and Mariah Carey, it is mostly populated by professionals in their ’forties and up’. Tribeca has many high priced, fashionable restaurants and clubs as well as its share of avant-garde clothing, design shops and galleries. Every top restaurant in town is can be found here. Such famous places as Nobu on Hudson and Montrachet on West Broadway are located in Tribeca. Tribeca is safe, has great schools and is no more than 15 minutes from Midtown.