SoHo Broadway Initiative – 4th Annual Meeting June 19, 2018
Siamese connections. You see them every day, but what are they exactly? Those pipes in front of buildings painted red, green, and yellow? Like fire hydrants, they are used by FDNY to fight fires. Why “Siamese”? They are called such because of their visual similarity to Siamese twins in that they encompass two pipe openings […]
SoHo Broadway Community Did you ever wonder where your building was made? Your clothing, linens, appliances, and books are all labeled with their place of origin. And so are your buildings, if they have cast iron façades. Cast iron foundry stamps that indicate what company manufactured the components that make up a building façade can […]
Looking up at SoHo Broadway’s ornate cast iron architecture can tell you a lot about our neighborhood-SoHo Broadway Community
When you think of the SoHo Broadway streetscape, you think of cast iron, water towers, street lights and maybe even vault lights, but what about Belgian blocks?
If you walk along Broadway from Canal to Houston Street, you will see many charming old-fashioned lampposts along the way. They are replicas of Bishops Crook cast iron lampposts that were common in New York City in the early 20th century. Named for the staff carried by high-ranking clerics, a garland motif winds around a […]
Look up. Look way up! Although they may look like remnants from New York’s past, 99% of the water towers in SoHo, including those along SoHo Broadway, are still in use and they are still being manufactured locally by two New York City companies that fabricate and maintain these cherished gems from SoHo’s skyline.
Have you ever wondered why some buildings in SoHo have “HOLLOW SIDEWALK” or “VAULTED SIDEWALK” signs posted on their facades?
There are approximately 250 cast iron buildings in New York City, most of them in SoHo and mostly built from the mid-1800’s through the late 1800’s.
Have you noticed the subtle artwork that can be found along the Prince Street station’s walls?
Balthazar at 80 Spring Street (a.k.a. 524 Broadway) SoHo Broadway Community Keith McNally, the British restauranteur, opened Balthazar in 1997 when SoHo still had a slight patina of grunge left on it. This was especially true for the area east of Broadway, where Balthazar has been packing in crowds night after night for over two […]
The St. Nicholas Hotel, on the west side of Broadway between Spring and Broome Streets, was a hotel like nothing New York City had seen before.
SoHo has long been known for its art galleries, but did you know that Broadway was once home to three major art museums, all on the same block, between Houston and Prince Street?
If there is any place in SoHo that could be called a town square or a community center, it would be the Housing Works Bookstore Café at 126 Crosby Street (also known as the rear address of 594 Broadway).
Featured countless times in tourism and commercial photography and famously in the opening credits of the hit television show NYPD Blue, the DKNY billboard, one of the first to dot the outskirts of SoHo, became a quasi-New York City landmark.
Everyone who lives or works on the Broadway corridor knows where the Nike SoHo store is located. How could you miss it? But what about the Dancers’ Building? Where is that? Tucked away inside of 537-541 Broadway, the Dancers’ Building has been the home (and many continues today) to be the home of a number […]