what is "soho"

in General Discussion edited January 2014
everyone keeps talking about the soho mac store or whatever. i know it is all glass and pretty and in new york, but what does the word "soho" mean? is it a nick name for new york or something? obviously i missed the boat here!


  • Reply 1 of 10
    cubedudecubedude Posts: 1,556member
    I thought it meant Small Office/Home Office, but I could be off.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    pushermanpusherman Posts: 410member
    In a business sense, you're right about it meaning "small office / home office."

    In relation to NYC, SoHo stands for "SOuth of HOuston street." It runs west to Sixth Ave and East to Broadway, and south to Canal St. It was, in the past, a largely industrial area but is enjoying a renaissance as both an "arty" and a yuppie retail mecca.

    Not bad for a southerner?
  • Reply 3 of 10
    sebseb Posts: 676member
    two meanings for soho.

    1. SOHO - Small Office/Home Office

    2. SoHo - pertains to a part of Manhattan. It is short for South of Houston St. (pronounced Howston in New York, not Hewston as it is inTexas). Manhattan has a lot of 'areas' such as TriBeCa which is Triangle Below Canal, and Dumbo which is Down under Manhattan Bridge overpass. Also not to be forgotton is Alphabet City which is on the lower east side where the streets have letter names and Hell's Kitchen which is a section in midtown West of broadway - it's a fairly nice area now, but it didn't used to be.

    SoHo is a very cool, hip, trendy, artsy area - lots of art galleries, restaurants and retail shops. People walking around all over the place.

    hope that helps.
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    progmacprogmac Posts: 1,850member
    ok it is all clear now! thanks a bunch.
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    mediamanmediaman Posts: 169member
    Soho is also a REAL place in London, not some made up location concocted from Street names.

    (I think the spelling may be diffrent though)
  • Reply 6 of 10
    thuh freakthuh freak Posts: 2,664member
    SoHo is all well and good, but alphabet city is where its at.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    patchoulipatchouli Posts: 402member
    [quote]Originally posted by Mediaman:

    <strong>Soho is also a REAL place in London, not some made up location concocted from Street names.

    (I think the spelling may be diffrent though)</strong><hr></blockquote>Hopefully you're joking.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    Of course if you work with NASA or are into to astronomy.

    SOHO refers to

    <a href="http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime-images.html"; target="_blank">http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/data/realtime-images.html</a>; .

    Keep Looking Up.... and you might trip over something important. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
  • Reply 9 of 10
    jet powersjet powers Posts: 288member
    SoHo also created a trend of other cities doing the same sort of lame-ass contractions.

    SoDo (Seattle) - South of the Dome. Of course, they blew up the dome, so now everyone says it means 'South of Downtown.'

    SoMa (San Francisco) - South of Market Street. Trying hard to be SF's SoHo, all re-purposed industrial and warehousing.

    The best one I've come across, however, is:

    SoWeBo - Southwest Baltimore. The 'Bo' comes from the fact that 'Baltimore' is historically abbreviated 'Balto.' for reasons that escape me. Also a repurposed industrial area that is now the arts and culture center of B-town.

    Anyone else got any cities copping the SoHo feel?

    ting5, thread-jacking
  • Reply 10 of 10
    Soho (spelt just like that) is an area of London with lots of nice cafes and sex shops.

    check out the qtvr-type thing <a href="http://www.urban75.org/vista/soho.html"; target="_blank">here</a> that shows Soho Square and contains the following tidbit of info:

    "Soho used to be a hunting ground attached to Westminster Palace, and derives its name from an old hunting call."
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