Its been a busy summer so far in SoHo; from the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, to the opening of new and exciting stores in the district, we are ecstatic to see what else this season has to offer. Many of the district’s retail stores are experiencing a notable uptick in business as shoppers and office workers return to SoHo. We’ve compiled a few updates for our readers about what we’re observing in the neighborhood:
What’s New In SoHo
New retail opportunities have opened on Broadway in response to increased foot traffic and retail demand. Give our new retailers a warm welcome by giving them a visit, including:
While subway ridership is still below pre-pandemic levels, rates are steadily increasing. Compared to reported statistics 3 months ago, last week’s daily average ridership increased by approximately 12%. Ridership since the start of the pandemic peaked at a high of 2,585,965 on Friday, June 25th.
We are pleased to see that as the our sidewalks become more lively, the neighborhood continues to be an overwhelmingly safe place for all who live in, work in, and visit SoHo and surrounding neighborhoods, with local year-to-date crime across major categories down 6.5% (5th Precinct) and 17% (1st Precinct) compared to last year as well as at historic lows compared to previous years.
Office Restrictions Easing
Many office buildings, including our own, have recently changed mask policies for vaccinated workers. While we continue to take safety precautions in our own office space, the relaxed restrictions have provided a sense of normalcy!