"Cutler and Gross New York is located in the heart of Soho. The neighborhood boasts the largest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world. The heart of this collection can be found in the Cast-iron Historic District which is bound be Houston Street, Canal Street, Crosby Street and West Broadway.
Early SoHo was an industrial zone, full of cast-iron warehouses and cobblestone streets. Large upscale companies used the warehouses to store their extra merchandise and made use of the ornate window fronts to display some of their finest wares.
In the 1960s, however, artists began moving into the neighborhood, taking advantage of the large buildings with low rents, perfect for a starving artist who needed lots of room to practice his/her profession. By the 1970s, it was already one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Today, artist's lofts in SoHo don't come cheap anymore. Many of the artists have moved to different areas of New York City, although SoHo is still home to many galleries.
The neighborhood is full of wonderful shops - both privately-owned and those with recognizable names. Restaurants here are booked far in advance and you're sure to run into a celebrity or two."
- Arturo, New York
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