NoHo, an acronym for North of Houston, is a trendy neighborhood with expansive lofts, chic shops, and hip eateries. It was once part of Greenwich Village, but as New York City changes and coolness always redefines itself, the neighborhood, which is more like a small nook, has morphed into a happening secession of its own.
Like many New York City neighborhoods, the boundaries are subjective and the exact location always depends on who you ask. Generally, NoHo is understood to be bounded by East Eighth Street to the north, East Houston Street to the south, Bowery Street to the east (which becomes Cooper Square north of East Fourth Street), and Broadway to the west.
It’s hard to believe that NoHo was once a sketchy no-man’s land with more than its share of dilapidated structures. These gentrified days, it’s a healthy mix of older buildings, renovated warehouses and newer construction by iconic architects. For such a small area, NoHo has three historic districts that cover much of the neighborhood.
Broadway, Bowery, and Lafayette is the business district of the neighborhood. You’ll find it all in this neck of the woods. From trendy one of a kind retailers to popular brand stores. It rivals its SoHo neighbor in places to shop.
Architecture buffs get your walking shoes on. There are many historical and modern buildings throughout the neighborhood. Colonnade Row, the Cable Building, and the Schermerhorn Building are just a few of the many notable buildings you’ll find.
NoHo is one of the most eclectic and vibrant neighborhoods in the city. There is so much to see and do. Shopping, eating, art and culture saturates every block.
Ghost Tour at the Merchant’s House Museum – One of the last 19th century New York family homes on full display. It’s been preserved on both the inside and the outside. It’s an ideal spot for lovers of architecture and those who enjoy getting scared by ghost stories. According to the museum, strange things, sights, sounds and smells have been happening since the 1930s. Get ready to be spooked.
Blue Man Group - Known for their blue faces and bold characters, the Blue Man Group will rock your world! The fantastic show combines live music, audience interactions, and comedy skits to create a multi-media sensory experience.
Joe’s Pub at The Public - One of New York City’s best venues for emerging and established performance artists. You’ll hear everything from Broadway actors, to GRAMMY Award winners and lesser known acts. Besides the great music they offer food and drink. You really can’t go wrong.
Indochine Restaurant – One of the more stylish restaurants in NoHo. Cool décor, chill ambiance and mouth-watering food. This resto serves a fusion of French-Vietnamese cuisine. The fried spring rolls and steamed Vietnamese ravioli or to die for.
What You Might See
You’ll see it all in this small neighborhood. The cityscape in this area of Manhattan shows off 200 years of different styles of architecture.
You’ll see all types of people in NoHo. From NYU Students, to tourists, to artists, and finance bros.
You won’t see much in the way of green spaces or parks. It’s just a little too small for that. There is a small speck of green off Cooper Square called Cooper Triangle. It’s a great place to sit back, relax and people watch.
What you Don’t Know
From 1983 to 1988, quintessential New York City artist Jean Michel-Basquiat lived at 57 Great Jones. The entrance to the building is immortalized with street art and a plaque in Basquiat’s name.
No Whiskey in over 100 years! The Great Jones Distilling Company is Manhattan’s first and only legal whiskey distillery that has opened since the prohibition era. It opened in the Summer of 2021. Cheers!
Some notable residents over the years include: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Actor Liv Schreiber, and Cameron Winklevoss of Facebook fame (sort of).