NoHo, or North of Houston, is a small area centered along Lafayette Street. Like SoHo, NoHo is largely a historic district, with most of its 125 buildings included in two historic districts: the NoHo Historic District and the NoHo East Historic District.
Like SoHo, Tribeca, Nolita, and other Downtown neighborhoods, NoHo has become a prime market for residential conversions of former industrial buildings. These structures join several highly acclaimed modern buildings along bond street such as BKSK’s 25 Bond Street, Audrey Matlock’s 48 Bond Street and DDG’s 41 Bond Street. Chief among this architecturally charged stretch: 40 Bond, a 10-story building with a striking graffiti-style gate designed by the renowned architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.
In the 1820s, when John Jacob Astor erected the three-block Lafayette Place, named after the Revolutionary War hero, it quickly become one of the most fashionable streets in New York. Most notably, Lafayette Place housed nine matching marble-fronted Greek Revival homes named La Grange Terrace, but referred to as Colonnade Row for the two-story Corinthian columns unifying the fronts. Of the original nine residences, four remain — with the rest demolished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and replaced with warehouses and dry-goods stores.
NoHo’s other important landmarks include the Astor Library (now the Public Theater), the Bayard-Condict Building, the Schermerhorn Building, the Bouwerie Lane Theater, the DeVinne Press Building and the Old Merchant’s House.
In contrast to SoHo’s increasingly commercialized shopping, NoHo offers a more local, boutique experience. The area is known for its exceptional cuisine.
SoHo and NoHo are served by multiple subway lines including the B, D, F and M trains at Broadway/Lafayette, the N and R trains at Prince Street, the C and E trains at Spring Street, and 6 train at Bleecker and Astor streets. It’s a great place to live and play.