Most SoHo Office Space Once Was a Factory or Warehouse
If you relocate to a new SoHo office space, you may not be aware that once upon a time your building was most likely a factory or a warehouse.
Noho and Soho are both acronyms. Noho means “North of Houston Street,” and Soho means “South of Houston Street.” Both Noho and Soho were elegant residential neighborhoods before the Civil War. Then the factories moved in. The beautiful old buildings were built as factories and warehouses. Many of them have distinctive façades made out of molded cast-iron, and represent the largest surviving group of such buildings in the country.
SoHo Office Space: Profit from a Creative Ambience
In the 1960s, artists discovered that the old industrial lofts made perfect studio spaces. Soon Soho and Noho were overrun with artists. Galleries opened, followed by restaurants, bars, cafés, and boutiques. Prices shot up. Most artists were renters, not owners, and decamped for Brooklyn. Many galleries moved to Chelsea.
While not thought of as an office district, the fact is that there are many office properties in Soho and Noho. As in other loft-rich neighborhoods, such as the Flatiron District and Hudson Square/Tribeca, Soho and Noho have many high-ceilinged spaces with large open plans.
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Creative industries, such as architecture and design firms, advertising agencies, arts consultancies, publishers, and others love the ambience of SoHo and Noho and find leasing SoHo office space advantageous for business. Another type of office business found in Noho and SoHo is the non-profit organization or foundation. For example, in 1989 the National Audubon Society retrofitted an 1891 loft building at 700 Broadway into its national headquarters and a model of “green design”–a superb example of what can be done with these flexible buildings.
Transportation is excellent. The N and R stop at Prince Street, and the 6 stops at Spring Street and at Bleecker Street. Both Canal Street, at the southern end of the district, and Houston Street, which divides Soho and Noho, are major transfer points.
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Soho and Noho are also among the leading retail centers of the city. Many upmarket national chains operate in the neighborhoods, but so do many independent retailers, including ones with national and international reputations. The streets of Noho and Soho are thronged day and night with young people, foreign tourists, art lovers, high-end shoppers, and others, and pulse with life.
For information about SoHo office space or commercial lofts, or store rentals call Alan Rosinsky at (212) 447-5403.