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Soho Neighborhood Review - Manhattan Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Learn about local Soho Neighborhood culture, businesses, schools, homes, and parks. Find out why Soho is one of Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods.
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
5.8 Overall
Average Rent Prices 2
Public transportation 8
Schools 6
Lifestyle 9
Crime 4

Soho is an artistic community located in lower Manhattan known for its upscale boutiques, art galleries, chic hotels, and trendy restaurants.

In this Soho neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

Well-known as one of New York City’s prime shopping districts, the name Soho refers to the area being “South of Houston Street.”

Its character and vibe is distinct from its neighboring areas of Tribeca, Chinatown, and Little Italy.

Those craving high-end clothing and accessories may have found their heaven on earth in Soho, with the streets lined with the world’s most notable stores like Burberry, Versace, and Prada.

For historical architecture buffs, an astonishing array of cast-iron buildings make the community a top destination for exploring.

And there’s plenty of art to savor in the various art galleries for all art enthusiasts, especially along West Broadway.

The uniqueness of Soho is that it's had a long history of an ever-changing and ever-evolving character and has basically returned to its original designation-a shopping and residential district.

FUN FACT: Broome Street is unusually wide (and full of traffic) because it is an essential crosstown artery, connecting the Williamsburg Bridge and the Holland Tunnel. Robert Moses intended to build an elevated concrete expressway over the street, but his plan was thwarted by fierce public opposition.

Renting in SoHo

Soho has positioned itself as one of the most expensive neighborhoods in New York City and that won’t be changing anytime soon.

The cobblestone streets that make up Soho, also referred to as The Cast Iron District because that it houses the most extensive collection of historic cast-iron architecture, are permeated with buildings featuring giant windows, tall ceilings, and vast living spaces.

While it may not precisely radiate a residential feel among area dwellers, Soho offers some of the city's premier luxury rentals and loft spaces.

Although many top-dollar condominiums have replaced warehouse and factory lofts once used by designers and artists alike, the typical Soho resident will most likely experience the classic Soho loft experience.

If you're looking to move, here are the average rent prices in the Soho neighborhood:

Median Asking Rent Prices in Soho
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in Soho Neighborhood

Public Transportation

The Broadway/Lafayette subway station is the largest subway hub in the Soho neighborhood.

Prince and Spring street are conveniently located just two blocks from this station allowing for easy access to the most lively areas.

Soho makes it extremely easy to commute to the area thanks to the multitude of subway line choices.

Bus Lines
BusM1, M21, M55

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 1 2

    IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line

  • 4 6 6

    IRT Lexington Avenue Line

  • A C E

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • N Q R W

    BMT Broadway Line

Bikes and Bike Safety


Most grub spots in Soho are tastefully situated between exclusive boutique hotels on Prince Street, which visitors may miss without a careful watch.

Little Italy, Noho, Nolita and Tribeca, and Chinatown surround Soho making it a convenient area to various diverse ethnic restaurants.

The options are endless when it comes to finding good cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner in this area.

International visitors and residents make up a large part of the population, so a higher-than-average standard of authenticity is applied to food across borders.

Boqueria Spanish Tapas, Lure Fishbar, Shuka and Sadelle’s are some local favorites that are sure not to disappoint.

What Celebrities Live in Soho

SoHo is one of the trendiest places in the city and the number of A-List celebrities who live here is extensive. Below is just a few of the famous names to own property in this hot area.

Celebrity Residents
Arianna HuffingtonAuthor, Columnist, Businesswoman
Jon Bon JoviSinger, Producer, Philanthropist, Actor
Samuel L. JacksonProducer, Actor
John MayerRestaurateur, Author, Television Presenter
Dakota FanningActress
Alicia KeyesSinger, Musician, Philanthropist
Swizz BeatzRapper, Producer, Record Executive
Daniel CraigActor
Rachel WeiszActress
John LegendSinger, Musician, Actor, Producer

Public & Charter Schools

There are currently no New York City public elementary schools located in Soho, although school-age residents have access to PS 130 Hernandez De Soto as well as other unzoned schools, G&T programs in the districts and dual language programs at other public schools.

Local Schools
The Montessori School – PrivateAges 2-5
NYC ischool – Public9-12
Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School - Public9-12
Unity Center for Urban Technologies – Public9-12
Cooke Center for Learning and Development – Private9-12

How Safe is the Soho Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 out of 10
Approximately 26.6794 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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