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The name is derived from its location “South of Houston.” Best known for its Italianate or Palladian warehouses now converted into commercial and residential lofts, SoHo brings to downtown Manhattan a sense of shabby chic and pizzazz. Above the trendy shops, galleries and restaurants reside entertainers, artists and executives. According to a 1973 Historic District designation report, it has the “largest concentration of full and partial cast iron facades in the world.” The classic loft apartment enjoys tin ceilings, open spaces, columns, exposed pipes and/or bricks and of course, “factory-size” windows. With kitchens done in granite, maple or stainless steel and marble baths, it’s a far cry from the old abandoned warehouses of the mid 1900s. Tourists from all over the world along with NYC locals appreciate SOHO for its fine and unique taste be it shopping along West Broadway, having a real NYCSOHO brunch or going out to the various bars and restaurants that are packed with all the good-looking people night after night.