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SoHo, Manhattan

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SoHo, sometimes written Soho (South of Houston Street),[4] is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Since the 1970s, the neighborhood has been the location of many artists' lofts and art galleries, and has also been known for its variety of shops ranging from trendy upscale boutiques to national and international chain store outlets. The area's history is an archetypal example of inner-city regeneration and gentrification, encompassing socioeconomic, cultural, political, and architectural developments.[5]

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Cast-iron buildings on Grand Street between Lafayette Street and Broadway
Location in New York City
Coordinates: 40.723°N 74.000°W / 40.723; -74.000
CountryFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
StateFlag_of_New_York.svg New York
CityNew York City
Community DistrictManhattan 2[1]
  Total0.87 km2 (0.336 sq mi)
  Density22,000/km2 (56,000/sq mi)
  Median income$135,083
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
10012, 10013
Area code212, 332, 646, and 917
SoHo–Cast Iron Historic District
SoHo, Manhattan is located in Manhattan
SoHo, Manhattan
SoHo, Manhattan is located in New York City
SoHo, Manhattan
LocationRoughly north to south: Houston to Canal Streets; and west to east: West Broadway or Sixth Avenue to Crosby Street or Lafayette Street
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40.723°N 74.000°W / 40.723; -74.000
Area73 acres (30 ha)
Architectural styleRenaissance
some Federal
NRHP reference No.78001883[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 29, 1978
Designated NYCLAugust 14, 1973
May 11, 2010 (extension)

The name "SoHo" derives from the area being "South of Houston Street", and was coined in 1962 by Chester Rapkin,[6] an urban planner and author of The South Houston Industrial Area study,[7] also known as the "Rapkin Report".[notes 1] The name also recalls Soho, an area in London's West End.[8]

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, extended in 2010, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.[9] It consists of 26 blocks and approximately 500 buildings,[10] many of them incorporating cast-iron architectural elements. Many side streets in the district are paved with Belgian blocks.[11]

SoHo is part of Manhattan Community District 2 and its primary ZIP Codes are 10012 and 10013.[1] It is patrolled by the 1st and 5th Precincts of the New York City Police Department.