Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 30th 2011
In Manhattan New York is a neighborhood known as SoHo. In the early 1800s it was an area of farms, hills and swampy land that boasted Federal and Greek-Revival style homes. Many of the homes used the architectural element of cast iron and the area has earned the name "SoHo-Cast Iron Historical District" due to this fact.
Visit Greene Street in Lower East Side.
Seeing where it all began for SoHo, which stands for "South of Houston Street", is one of the highlights of a visit here. On Greene Street is five blocks of cast iron building built in the mid to late 1800s. This area is now a mixture of retail, galleries and residential buildings all retaining the original architectural elements.
Located within the SoHo district is City Winery where one can spend a day enjoying concerts, wine making workshops, shopping in the store, dining and of course having a glass of wine. This is more than just a fancy bar it is a one-stop destination. Reservations are not required to eat here but the place fills up fast in the evening so the best time to visit is early in the day.
Located a short distance from Broadway is a place that is designed for children. The Children's Museum of the Arts is a place designed for kids to release some pent-up energy. Activities included a ball pool, dressing up in costumes, making music on real instruments and painting. The cost is $10 and could be the best money you spend in SoHo.
Finding family friendly restaurants in New York City can be a challenge. At Buddy's in SoHo there is a kid friendly menu for lunch and dinner which includes macaroni and cheese and fried chicken. For the grownups there is a fine selection of meat and vegetarian dishes. On weekends the brunch menu consists of choices such as pancakes with fruit, and huevos rancheros. The prices are quite reasonable for New York.
Locate in this area is an unusual and often forgotten monument. The Eleven Iron Men monument is a dedication to the people who were responsible for the building of the Empire State Building. This statue is located in SoHo due to the fact that many of the workers lived in this section of New York.