Exploring New York's SoHo
SoHo, short for “South of Houston,” is one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods. Innovative restaurants and fashion-forward shops line Broome and Spring Streets, and artists reside above in modern lofts. But it is also part of the SoHo Cast–Iron Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Its beautiful old buildings hold stories of the neighborhood’s fascinating history, urban decline and regeneration. It was once the center of New York’s show business world and its most infamous red-light district. The richest and poorest Manhattanites walked these streets: John Jacob Astor, Harry Houdini, Aaron Burr and P.T. Barnum. Local authors Alfred Pommer and Eleanor Winters reveal these and other stories of an ever-changing SoHo.
Local History : Part II
Canal Street : The Collect Pond, Bogardus and Bruce, Blackwell's Island and Samuel F.B. Morse
Along Crosby Street and Back to Grand Street : The First Jewish Congregation, Department Stores, Spiritualists and Seances
Broadway and Broome Street : Robert Moses's Folly, Jane Jacobs and Margot Gayle, Daniel Badger and Richard Morris Hunt
Broadway and Spring Street : Bishop's Crook Lampposts, the St. Nicholas Hotel, Fernando Wood and the Copperhead Conspiracy, the Ghost of SoHo and the Prince of Humbugs
Still on Broadway, Heading for Prince Street : The Free-Love League, Charles Broadway Rouss, Little Singer and Old St. Pat's
Back on Broadway : Niblo's Garden, The Black Crook, John Jacob Astor, the Comic Book Museum and "The Wall"
Along Houston to Mercer Street : The Cable Building, Fanelli's Bar, Artists and Brothels
Greene Street : Architectural Masterpieces, C. Godfrey Gunther, the Floating Subway Map and a Mural
Wooster Street : Maciunas and the Fluxhouse, Dionysus, Spalding Gray and the Ghosts of West. Broadway
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