NoHo (meaning "North of Houston Street") is one of the most expensive and desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan. Its demographics are primarily wealthy owners and renters of polished loft apartments.
NoHo has long been considered trendy, even since the 1820s, when Lafayette Street was built and quickly began buzzing with popularity. NoHo has undergone several different industry focuses, from light manufacturing to warehouse storage, and many of its buildings have been declared landmarks as a result. Some of these landmarks include the Old Merchant's House, the Astor Library, and even its local two subway stations, Astor Place and Bleecker Street.
NoHo's lofts are considered some of the best in NYC. The old cast iron buildings have been converted to first floor retail and upper floor residential structures. Many of these buildings have been upgraded to include elevators that open directly into the large loft spaces. While a fair number of the lofts have been converted to condos, several of these downtown lofts are rentals. If you are unable to find a NoHo loft for rent, you can still find traditional NoHo apartment rentals near Astor Place that are also more reasonably priced. These types of lofts contribute to an overall vibe in NoHo that echoes trendy and lavish living.
The well-off demographics in NoHo have led to a wide variety of upscale establishments in the area, from boutique clothing and jewelry stores to some of the finest dining establishments in the city. At a high-end meat shop, Japan Premium Beef, you can find some of the highest-quality meat in the world, from Washugyu Tenderloin to the famous Kobe beef. For a memorable dining experience, Bohemian Restaurant offers top-notch Japanese cuisine, while Bianca Restaurant and Le Philosophe provide Italian and French delicacies, respectively. Many of these businesses are on Lafayette, Bleecker, or Broadway, which are also the locations of most public transit options in the area.
If they can afford it, NYU students prefer NOHO because of its proximity to campus. Several NYU buildings are located around Washington Square, with more of them to the South and East of the park. MacDougal street has a college-type feel to it with frat bars like Off The Wagon.
The neighborhood spans from East 9th Street to East Houston Street and is located between Mercer Street to the west and Bowery to the east.
On Broadway, the 8th St subway (N, R) and, on Lafayette, the Astor Place subway (6) provide access to the northern part of NoHo, while the Bleecker Street subway (6) is located toward the southern end on Lafayette, as well. The M1, M2, and M8 bus lines are located near the Astor Place subway station, while various express lines are accessible on Broadway.
|Building Address||# no-fee apts|
|1 Astor Place||56|
|301 Elizabeth Street||24|
|307 Mott Street||19|
|2 Cooper Square||13|
|302 Mott Street||6|
|298 Mulberry Street||2|