Friday, May 24, 2013

SOHO Arts Walk

2013 DATES
April 18 / May 16 / June 20 / July 18 / August 15 / September 19 / October 17
Experience SoHo’s art scene like never before with a walk down famous cobblestone streets that were once the stomping grounds of such greats as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. New York’s SoHo Arts Walk is a collaboration of more than 20 of the neighborhood’s fine, established galleries who exhibit their new works simultaneously.
Made famous by its prestigious art galleries and eclectic boutiques, SoHo is the area south of Houston and north of Canal Street on the west side of Manhattan. SoHo is home to an unparalleled collection of an American architectural innovation– cast iron structures. Most of the hundreds of cast iron buildings in New York City are located in this historic neighborhood, which is why it used to be nicknamed the Cast Iron District. In the 1970s, the upper stories of these buildings rapidly increased in popularity, and were soon being referred to as “Artists Lofts”. The lofts attracted creatives in particular, who needed expansive, affordable work spaces with natural lighting. Until the early 1980s, the majority of these lofts were illegally being used as living spaces as well, despite the fact that they were not outfitted for residential use. Soon SoHo was launched to international fame as a sophisticated hub for innovative artists.
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