Wednesday, November 24, 2010

south of houston and soho cobblestones

the  neighborhood in lower manhattan we now know as soho was formerly known as 'hell's hundred acres'. in 1968 this area was redefined by a group of artists who found the area on a map referred to as south of houston street or 'soho'. the many industrial buildings in this area, once used as factories and sweatshops were ideal for artists to use as work and living space. in order to obtain the rights to legally live in a manufacturing zone, the artists formed a group called 'the soho artists association'. as a result, not only did the neighborhood get a new name, 'soho' - to this very day, a rule still exists where one must be an artist - albeit a wealthy artist, in order to live in a loft in soho.
below is a photo of a view on houston street, (pronounced how-stan) a wide roadway that runs east and west from manhattan's east river to its hudson river. when I took this photo I was standing on soho's side of houston looking across the street towards greenwich village.
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Roger Owen Green said...

Glad you provided the pronunciation guide for Houston. I happen to HATE cobblestone. They've been ADDING it to interesctions in Albany, and it makes for slick going when it's wet or wintry & cold, especially on a bicycle.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sylvia K said...

Terrific post as always, Lily! And so interesting! I had to chuckle at the difference in pronunciation from the Houston in Texas and the Houston in New York! Great shots as always! Have a lovely day and wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Mar said...

I am practicing that pronunciation, lol.
Enjoyed your shots.
S is for Santa

Daryl said...


Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

I like every kind of stones and I love cobblestones :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Cobblestones are beautiful to look at, but, like Roger, I find them difficult to walk on.
I didn't click on that "rule" about having to be an artist to live in Soho. I'll bet the original group didn't intend it to preclude starving artists, as artists have to be wealthy in order to live there now.
Interesting post for S day.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Marlene said...

Great photo. Love the history of how Soho got it's name. It is fun to see New York through your photos. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

James said...

Nice shots and interesting info. The bottom one looked very familiar then I remembered that I took a picture of the same area.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Love learning the history of place names. Thanks.

Marka said...

Looks like the area's doing well now.