The Noho Neighborhood, short for North of Houston, is known for its creative atmosphere and hip culture with many pop up stores and trendy designer stores.
The NoHo Neighborhood, short for the North of Houston Street, is a residential neighborhood that is filled with incredible apartments, converted lofts as well as luxury rentals. NoHo was originally known to be the Warehouse District as it was an area that was filled with production sites and warehouse spaces, though these have now been reconverted into truly unique lofts.
The NoHo area is well known for its edgy theater shows as well as incredible culinary spots. The infamous Hamilton theater show and the Blue-man Group are both local shows to NoHo. The neighborhood is also prized with a truly unique landmark known as the Astor Place Cube, a rotating glass and steel structure that is a popular photo spot. Overall, the neighborhood has a wide variety of architectural styles ranging from 19th century houses to modernist reconverted spaces that now serve as office buildings. The NoHo district is an interesting approach to a melting pot of interior design and architectural styles that although are greatly different in style, somehow uniformly look splendid.
The Noho Neighborhood actually began in the mid 18th Century as a botanical garden by a Swiss Physician named Jacob Sperry. Several decades later, the botanical garden and the space was sold to John Astor and later subleased. Eventually, the botanical garden was built upon and a resort was placed instead – Vauxhall Gardens.
Shortly after the second World War, the world of manufacturing and business had changed its primary location in Manhattan, forcing the neighborhood to shift in dynamic. From the 1950’s onwards, the NoHo neighborhood began to shape itself as a place where artists resided and many actors, dancers and theater peoples. Some of the most notable artists who resided in NoHo vary from people like Robert Mapplethorpe, to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. Around the 1960’s all the way to the 1990’s, the area became revitalized and moved away from its previous identity of “The Warehouse District”. With the enormous influx of artists and theaters arriving into the NoHo Neighborhood, the area became rapidly known as the cool hang-out spot for artists – an identity that subtly remains today, with restaurants such as Indochine which hosts a variety of cocktail nights and is often frequented by artists.