The area of SOHO in New York City started as a residential neighborhood in the late 1800's. By the early 1900's, it was more fashionable to live uptown and shop in the businesses developing in lower Manhattan. Unfortunately, these businesses went bust when new labor laws came into effect. The area became run down and rife with the criminal element and renamed hell's hundred acres. In the early 1960's artists began to slowly take over the abandoned buildings in lower Manhattan. By the 1970s, saw this area, , redeveloped into a residential, commercial and artistic community. Today this eclectic community is located "So"uth of "Ho"uston Street in lower Manhattan. The artistic tradition that influenced the development of this high class neighborhood is alive and well and ready to share its innovative ideas in fashion, art, food, and architecture as well as its rich history. Part of the charm of this New York City Borough, or village, is wandering its streets, window shopping, and looking up at the ornate decorations on the buildings. However, the art scene is alive and well. Art galleries can be found around every corner and representing every style from traditional to contemporary, from painting to photography, from glass to sculpture. SOHO is a place to find that special treasure and soak up the atmosphere. Who knows it may even inspire you!