Now that its impeccably preserved cast-iron fire escapes and industrial facades showcase the wares of Chanel, Prada and numerous less exalted brands, the area south of Houston Street is a far cry from the hardscrabble manufacturing zone that once earned the derisive nickname Hell’s Hundred Acres. But don’t write off Soho as a mere urban shopping mall; though many of the art galleries that made Soho New York's contemporary-art hot spot in the 1970s and ’80s decamped to Chelsea and the Lower East Side, some excellent art spaces remain. Walk along the cobblestone streets and find great New York restaurants, bars and things to do in this downtown neighborhood.
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Shop in Soho for everything from cult fashion and cool design goods to best-selling fiction and natural-history curiosities