Your city-dwelling doggies will have the space to stretch at the Soho Grand Dog Park. The beautifully built park is attached to the Soho Grand Hotel, and is equipped with bespoke benches, fire hydrant water stations and incredible florals that are sure to ease your morning blues as you watch your four-legged friends frolic about.
In a city dominated by culture, history and museums, there’s a little spot that’s been catching praise amongst tourists and residents alike. With only two floors in a former fire house, The NYC Fire Museum is small, but substantial, offering vast and interesting content. The museum originated in Long Island in 1934 and then moved to its current location at 278 Spring Street in 1987. It displays the evolution of the firefighter, stocking the equipment and firetrucks from the early 1900s to the present day. But this museum has gotten attention for two major exhibits - a special memorial to the victims of 9/11 with recovered items from the location; and a mock apartment with artificial smoke machine and black-lighted fire hazards that are used for the museum’s fire education program.
There are about 250 cast-iron buildings in the city, and most of them are in SoHo. Time to give yourself a history lesson and explore the historic buildings within the Cast-Iron Historic District. The area spreads from West Broadway to the east of Lafayette and Centre streets, and most of the buildings within date back to the 19th century. The most famous in the area is E. V. Haughwout Building at Broadway and Broome Street, closely followed in notoriety by the Gunther Building at Broome and Greene streets. Continue wandering the streets in the area – and you will come across many a random-colored iron-cast loft building.
One thing’s for sure: living in SoHo, you’ll never experience a shortage of shopping options. The area is a retail mecca, and you decide to begin your shopping spree at Broadway and Houston. You are greeted by Hollister and the American Eagle right across the street. But the really established brand behemoths are further within the SoHo confines, storefronts like Apple Store, Ben Sherman, J. Crew, John Varvatos, Carhartt WIPs, Sur La Table, and the MoMA Design Store. You’ll also be happy to discover the many specialty stores the likes of McNally Jackson Books and the art bookstore Taschen.
The food scene in SoHo is as delicate and fancy as the surroundings. The area is home to some excellent seafood eats like Aquagrill, Blue Ribbon Sushi and Charlie Bird. But the one standout is Balthazar Brasserie. There’s no question that finding a seat at this French eatery could be a challenge on any night, and most definitely on the weekends. The brasserie opened in 1997 and has ever since been offering some of the most traditional French foods you will find in Manhattan. There’s grilled Dorade and Sullivan County trout. Of course you decide to have Chicken Paillard and Steak Frites. Like many French brasseries, Balthazar’s has daily specials and the weekend selection. Their Bouillabaisse (seafood stew) and braised short ribs are the weekend’s true delicacies.
The night ends at Houston Hall. Sitting at the border of the SoHo and West Village, the former federal garage keeps all of its former self. The brick and woodwork are original, as are low-hanging rafters, and all enhanced with plentiful communal benches, gigantic windows and lots of good beer. The vast indoor environment provides a welcome perspective of the city’s drinking scene.