If you enjoy cobblestone streets, convenient subway access, entertaining performances, world-class shopping and dining, loft apartments with open floor plans, and the romance of living amongst the ghosts of famous writers and artists- you’ve chosen the right place to move to!
Like many of NYC’s neighborhoods, NoHo is a clever acronym adopted by the fast-paced people of The Big Apple. Short for “North of Houston Street,” NoHo is a predominantly upper-class Manhattan neighborhood who’s borders include East 9th Street to the north, East Houston Street to the south, Mercer Street to the west, and the Bowery to the east. This 125-building area has been proclaimed a historic district by the Landmarks Preservation Commission; dividing NoHo into the NoHo Historic District and the NoHo East Historic District.
The history of Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood seemingly began when a Swiss physician by the name of Jacob Sperry planted a botanical garden at the intersection of today’s Lafayette Street and Astor Place in 1748. People would often visit the beautiful garden to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city that never slept. In 1804, John Jacob Astor purchased the garden’s site from Sperry and leased it to Joseph Delacroix- who later constructed a resort on site known as “Vauxhall Gardens.” It wasn’t long thereafter that NoHo became the hot sport for well-off families. Those with great wealth built mansions in the area. Residents included the Astor and Vanderbilt families, as well as authors Charles Dickens and Washington Irving.
Sooner or later, the NoHo experienced a fall from grace when rowdy crowds from the Bowery area and manufacturing firms moved in, which eventually pushed the upper-class residents towards Murray Hill.
Post WWII, the manufacturing firms moved from Manhattan to the suburbs and NoHo saw an influx of artists and modest theater companies as its newest residents- Andy Warhol being one of them. The 1970s art movement played a key role in restoring the neighborhood to its former glory.
The gentrification movement in the 2000s and 2010s meant that NoHo’s loft apartments became incredibly valuable, making the neighborhood one of the most desirable and exclusive neighborhoods in NYC.
Once home to Seabury Treadwell, perhaps NoHo’s most well-known historic building is the Merchant’s House Museum. If you’re new to the area, this is certainty something worth checking out.
NoHo’s Public Theater plays host to multiple famous productions including Hamilton, and the adjoining Joe’s Pub offers burlesque-style performances, comedy shows and so much more.
Astor Place Theater is home to the famous Blue Man Group, which performs multiple shows nearly every day, scheduled all the way into 2019.
The Astor Place Cube, also known as the “Alamo,” is a rotating steel and glass landmark sculpted by Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal. The Alamo was originally intended to remain in the area temporarily, but residents effectively petitioned for its permanency.
Along the southern edge of NoHo lies some of NYC’s most hailed restaurants. Be sure to try out Bar Primi and Lafayette for some incredible eats.
With so much entertainment, delicious food and fascinating history, it’s easy to see why you’re considering moving to NoHo. However, before enjoying all the neighborhood has to offer, you must first move in- that’s where we come in.
At Shleppers Moving & Storage, we pride ourselves on being NYC’s leading moving company. We know NYC’s neighborhoods, traffic patterns, move-in hacks and more like the back of our hands! That’s why you can feel at ease when you use Shleppers to move into your NoHo residence. Request a quote today!