While its abbreviated name does not have quite the cache of Soho, its neighbor on the south side of Houston Street, Noho still stands out as one of the loveliest small neighborhoods in lower Manhattan. This little lower Manhattan neighborhood, roughly bounded by Houston Street on the south and Astor Place on the north, and by Bowery on the east and Broadway on the west, is home to some the most striking and best-preserved 19th-century architecture in New York City. What were once warehouses, small factories and office buildings are now landmarks -- Noho’s Historic District includes more than 125 landmarked buildings -- and, in many cases, luxurious loft condominiums. They are also something of a tour of New York architectural history, with neighboring marble, brick and terra cotta facades complimenting the cast-iron buildings that are Noho’s trademark.
Much quieter than the East Village and less-commercial than Soho, Noho is a singular place -- a sedate bohemian community that looks like no other place in New York City. That some of those landmarked pre-war buildings have now become newly renovated pre-war condominiums bodes well for Noho’s future as a residential neighborhood. But it’s the fact that those buildings are so striking -- that they look so distinctly Noho -- that ensures Noho’s enduring place among Manhattan’s most desirable residential neighborhoods.