Since the opening of Lafayette Street in the 1820s, New York’s NoHo neighborhood (short for North of Houston Street) has been home to mayors, diarists, and artists from Frank Stella to Keith Richards. In the beginning it was a warehouse district for dry goods and a hub for milliners and wagon-makers, and then came the auto-repair shops and garages. Its landmarked streets are studded with historic buildings by architecture firms like McKim, Mead, & White, and future classics by Herzog & de Meuron. In other words, Noho has long been one of the most vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods in all of Manhattan, a beacon for artistic souls and creative minds.
In the last decade, Noho has also become one of New York’s premier destinations for design, fashion, and art. Anchored by Noho pioneer Daryl Kerrigan — who opened her eponymous boutique during Noho’s grittier ‘90s heyday — and restaurants like Il Buco, which have long served as gathering points for the city’s creative class, the neighborhood has suddenly seen an influx of tastemakers, from eco-fashion guru Rogan Gregory, to advertising impresario Andy Spade, to The Future Perfect’s Dave Alhadeff. Sight Unseen has collaborated with those people and more to bring you the Noho Design District. We hope you enjoy it.
To learn more about Noho’s colorful history, visit NohoManhattan.org.