Soho, or SoHo, is a neighborhood in the lower area of the borough of Manhattan in New York. SoHo stands for South of Houston Street, and was also deliberately used by early developers to evoke the nice London neighborhood of Soho. At one point, SoHo was well known for its art galleries, artist lofts, and cafes. Now, it is primarily known for retail commerce. Many of the nation's largest retail chains have outlets in SoHo, alongside fancy boutiques and smaller designer stores. Despite the neighborhood's turn toward retail, it is still home to a great many residents who live above the shops in both newer and older buildings.
Greenwich Village, or simply "the Village," is a neighborhood located on the west side of the lower part of Manhattan in New York. The Village has been known as many things over the years. It has been an artist's colony, a Bohemian enclave, the epicenter of the modern LGBTQ movement, and above all, a trendy neighborhood for much of its modern existence. Since the late nineteen eighties, the neighborhood, along with the East Village, has been through massive revitalization and commercialization, resulting in some of the most expensive real estate anywhere in the country, or the world. Despite this, a great many people are still thrilled to call the Village home.