SoHo, an acronym for South of Houston, is a distant cry from the farmland and meadows of the 18th century; SoHo remains the largest concentration of cast-iron facades anywhere in the world. These buildings are justifiably famous and are a visual delight. Simply look up to appreciate the beauty of columnar shapes, Greek Revival capitals and other architectural embellishments. The city’s most colorful walls hold the loft residences that now occupy most of what used to be manufacturing space. Spend the afternoon shopping on West Broadway, SoHo’s own Madison Avenue. Check out Spring, Prince, Greene and Mercer Streets for avant-garde fashion, art and lifestyle galleries and restaurants. In terms of living, SoHo has become one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in New York. Subway: The N and R stop at Prince Street. The 6 train stops at Spring street by Broadway and the B,D line picks up on Broadway and Lafayette.