Chapter 22. SoHo


A taxi picks up passengers on Prince Street on a clear fall afternoon. Taken at ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/100 second with a 16–35mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The first Manhattan neighborhood with a geographical acronym, SoHo's name is derived from its location — south of Houston Street. Named in 1968 by a group of artists and activists, the neighborhood is also known as the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District. An innovation of American architects, cast-iron facades were less expensive than other materials. Almost 250 of these buildings still stand in this small area.

Today, SoHo contains the largest collection of these historic buildings in the world, built mostly from 1840 to 1880. The neighborhood also has a large number of boutiques for shopping as well as a handful of factories. The area's fantastic architecture offers a chance to capture striking photographs of these distinctive buildings.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best places to travel to get great photographs in SoHo are along Prince Street, West Broadway, and Grand Street.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best vantage points from which to photograph SoHo: (A) Prince Street, (B) West Broadway, and (C) Grand Street. Other photo ops: (6) Chinatown.

Prince Street

Cluttered with restaurants, boutiques, and cast-iron architecture, Prince Street ...

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