SoHo, New York, NY, USA

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SoHo, New York, NY, USA

SoHo vacation rentals

Historically hip and a chic shopper's heaven

In the 70s and 80s, SoHo (short for "South of Houston Street") became synonymous with the artist's lifestyle, as painters and sculptors took over the Manhattan neighborhood's former commercial lofts. Now, its gorgeous cast-iron facades and cobblestone streets provide a home for designer boutiques, upscale shops and restaurants, and art galleries. If you'd rather save your pennies than shop till you drop, you can visit the area's museums, take a walking tour, or let the kids loose on the playground. It'll all be within walking distance of your SoHo vacation rental.

More than just a pretty (cast-iron) face

SoHo is celebrated for its shopping. The posh boutiques and galleries sell fine art, designer duds, and fancy furniture, while street vendors line the sidewalks offering just about everything else. History buffs can revel in a walking tour of SoHo's Historic Cast-Iron District, lined with such gems as the Haughwout Building, the oldest complete cast-iron facade in the city (built in 1857). When the kids get restless, Vesuvio Playground, named after the locally beloved owner of Vesuvio Bakery, is a great place for them to run free.

Two one-of-a-kind museums in a one-of-a-kind 'hood

A neighborhood known for its artist community must have a couple of museums within its borders, right? Right. No matter where your SoHo vacation rental is situated, it will be within a mile of two museums that are a testament to the area's residents. The Drawing Center is the only fine arts institution in the U.S. to focus solely on drawings, both historical and contemporary. The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is also unique _ the only dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world.

Watch the seasons change as you enjoy the SoHo street scene

Set smack in the middle of Lower Manhattan, SoHo enjoys New York City's humid, subtropical climate. Winters are cold and damp, but the ocean's influence keeps temperatures from going to extremes. Snowfall is common from December through early March, and winter lows sink below freezing but above 10 degrees. Summers are warm and sometimes sweltering, so look for a SoHo vacation rental with air conditioning. Spring and fall range from wet and windy to sunny and warm. Bring shades and a raincoat, or buy a new one at your favorite designer store.

A year-round paradise for more metropolitan birds

If you aren't expecting a wildlife encounter in SoHo, you may be surprised. In recent years, urban birdwatchers have noticed that New York City is one of the world's best places to commune with our feathered friends, and SoHo is no exception. Sure, it might be lacking in wilderness, but those historic cast-iron facades make perfect perching places for red-tailed hawks and warblers. If you need to stretch your legs in a more natural habitat, head east to the gardens and walking paths of John V. Lindsay East River Park.