The blocks south of Houston (pronounced HOW-ston) and north of Canal streets are the city's largest concentration of
cast-iron fronted buildings, built as warehouses and manufacturing spaces, but converted to living spaces, called "lofts," for artists and sculptors
who appreciated the elbow room.
The area quickly filled with art galleries, restaurants, and fashionable shops and just as quickly by people with deep pockets
who decided that if SoHo was a nice place to visit, it was a nicer place to live.
The neighborhood became too upscale for starving artists who moved to less costly neighborhoods
like DUMBO (down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass) and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But SoHo is still a center
of creativity although now, in addition to its art galleries, people are drawn by its trendy boutiques and restaurants.
It is named SoHo because it is the area South of Houston Street.
SoHo is filled with art galleries, restaurants, and fashionable shops