SoHo is naturally one of our favorite New York City neighborhoods because it contains our flagship and first Arlo Hotel locations. Located at 231 Hudson St. in the heart of the SoHo, just a short walk to legendary Canal Street. Besides our chic and comfortable hotel, there’s many other SoHo highlights that make it a perfect neighborhood for eating, entertaining, shopping, and exploring. The name “SoHo” reflects South of Houston Street, an acronym coined by a city planning commissioner in the 1960s.
SoHo is a great area for walking, as there’s coffee shops, boutiques, and other stores on nearly every corner. We recommend starting the day with some pastries and then going shopping for designer clothes or bags. There’s an interesting mix of chain store locations and independent stores in SoHo, making it accessible for a variety of tastes and shopping budgets. Stopover in the Nolita neighborhood for a slice of heaven from Lombardi’s Pizza, the first pizzeria in the United States that still produces some of the best slices in the country from its coal-fired oven.
SoHo is also known for its smaller art galleries which offer a slower pace than the big museums like MoMA. A fun stop is at The Drawing Center, a museum and nonprofit space that highlights drawings from notable artists. Founded in 1977, The Drawing Center combines educational and historical programs with some of the best drawing works from around the world. Many artists continue to live in SoHo, a trend that started in the 1960s when artists were drawn to the neighborhood’s various loft buildings.
For architecture aficionados, The SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District is a registered landmark that reflects the area’s distinctive cast-iron buildings. Featuring more than 500 structures, this building style is notable for using cast-iron as part of the architecture.