Soho / NoLIta at a Glance
Soho/Nolita is a fashionable neighborhood that used to be part of Little Italy, hence the abbreviation of the neighborhood “North of Little Italy”. Its humble beginnings stem from Italian slaughterhouses, bakeries and churches back in the 1770s. It has come along way as famous people like David Bowie and the musician Moby chose to live in this neighborhood at some point in their lives and performed amongst its streets. Thus, it acquired a sophisticated aura that attracted many yuppies to the neighborhood, transforming it into a chic neighborhood. Attracted by this new population with high incomes, exclusive boutiques, bars and restaurants flocked to Nolita. If you want to know the fashion spot to visit in New York, all you have to do is look at the queues that continue block after block to get your answer. Most likely they will be in Nolita. Like its neighbor SoHo, Nolita is an ideal neighborhood for shopping. However, several architectural, cultural and religious marvels like the St.Patrick’s Old Cathedral can be found NoLita where Prince, Mulberry and Mott streets meet. Unfortunately, one thing you won't find in Nolita is green space.
Soho/Nolita is bordered to the north by Houston Street and to the south by Broome Street, to the east by Bowery and to the west by Lafayette Street. You can get to this Lower Manhattan neighborhood by several subway options. Take the J or Z to Bowery station, the F to 2nd Avenue, the B, D, F, M to Broadway-Lafayette, or the 4 , 6 to Spring St. Nolita stays a cut cooler above the rest due to its strong Italian presence, Italian restaurants like the famous Lombardi’s Pizza, the trendiest clothing stores and some of the best bars in New York. Despite all this novelty, Nolita is still in touch with its ancestral roots that are clearly seen in the annual feast of San Gennaro dedicated to the Pope of Naples, Saint Januarius.Nolita is good for soaking up the latest fashion, design and dining trends. However, it is also just steps away from SoHo, the Lower East Side, Little Italy, and Chinatown, so you can enjoy a cultural feast of neighborhoods in one day walking or taking the many subway and transportation options.