Named by it’s location–South of Houston (“How-Stun”) Street—SoHo is a popular neighborhood surrounded by Houston Street on the North, Canal Street on the South, Lafayette Street on the East, and 6th Avenue on the West. Prior to the 1960’s, SoHo was an industrial area flanked by iron buildings and factories. In fact, the majority of the cast iron buildings ever built in New York are located in SoHo. However in the 1960’s, an influx of artists transformed this area to the hip and fashionable district we are familiar with today. The artists used these ideal cast iron buildings for studios and lofts and this district became a sanctuary for the arts. Nevertheless, SoHo today has transformed itself into a neighborhood much different than it was in the 60’s and 70’s. Although it still has its trendy and artsy ambiance, it has become much more commercial and residential than ever before.
On our guided NYC TV & Movie Tour we will lead you through SoHo by showing you locations where films such as Ghostbusters.Mean Streets also filmed in this neighborhood. In fact, Mean Streets, directed and written by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert DeNiro, David Proval and Harvey Keitel, is a film about a man struggling to get by on the rough streets of Little Italy. You will be able to experience the real personality of SoHo through the film and television shows filmed here.
Don’t miss the Puck Building, a fixture on the SoHo landscape. This was the location for Grace Adler’s design studio in the hugely popular series Will and Grace. For all Sex and the City fans, Charlotte’s art gallery was located on Prince Street, as is SoHo House, where Samantha tried to impersonate Anabelle Bronstein to gain access to the rooftop pool.
You may also recognize the neighborhood from the hit love story, Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Sam and Molly’s apartment is located at 104 Prince Street.
Restaurants filmed in SoHo
As you are traveling through SoHo on the tour of New York TV and Movie Sites you will be passing by many famous restaurants that have appeared in films. Painted brick walls and a chic ambiance define Raoul’s Restaurant. This is the location where Sam, played by Matthew Broderick, was working as a dishwasher in Addicted to Love. Other movies filmed there include A Perfect Murder, The Kings of Comedy and Sex & the City: The Movie. If you get the chance you should visit the world-famous Katz’s Deli, home of the famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally. Other movies filmed in Katz’s Deli include Enchanted, Across the Universe and We Own the Night.
If real New York pizza is your thing, stop at Ben’s Pizza on Spring Street, location of a famous scene in Men in Black II. Need a sweet treat after your pizza? Check out Pop Yogurt right next door, owned by Hell’s Kitchen chef Seth Levine, a celeb favorite. Not far from Ben’s is the Vesuvio Bakery where Tom Wingo routinely bought his bread in The Prince of Tides.
Other Attractions in SoHo
If you are looking for some fun and exciting things to do in New York City, there are plenty shopping options located throughout SoHo. The neighborhood’s streets are often flooded with street vendors selling everything from jewelry to bags and books. Don’t be shy to bargain for your goods to get them at a great price! There are also a diverse assortment of department stores located here, ranging from more name brand stores in the northern parts and smaller boutiques in the southern areas near Canal Street. Designer stores such as Bloomingdales, Prada, Tiffany’s, Chanel, French Connection, Burberry and several of others all have stores here in SoHo.
Make sure to catch the SoHo antiques fair on weekends by Broadway and Grand Street. Also, the Guggenheim Museum of SoHo (the little brother to the Uptown gallery museum) is located here, along with the Museum of African Art. This is surely a place where everyone can find some type of entertainment of their own!
Other Movies and TV Shows with Scenes filmed in SoHo
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.