The BID for SoHo’s Broadway, located in Lower Manhattan, comprised of an area of approximately 12 block-fronts, or approximately 280 taxlots, defined by both sides of Broadway, from East Houston to Canal Streets Houston.
- BID District Map Draft 11/5/2015 (Map with taxlot numbers)
- BID District Property List by Broadway Address
- BID District Property List by Taxlot
The District is located within Manhattan Community Board 2, and the area is represented by a New York City Council member from District 1. The area is also represented by the public officials associated with the US Senate, the US Congressional District #8, the New York State Assembly Districts #66 and the New York State Senate Districts #25. Additionally, the NYPD Precincts #1 & #5 covers the District.
- Manhattan Community Board #2
- SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District
- SoHo-Cast Iron Historic Extension
- NYPD Precinct #1 & #5
- NYC Council District #1
- NYS Assembly District # 66
- NYS Senate District # 25
- US Congressional District # 8
The BID District, located within the SoHo neighborhood, generally contains five- to twelve-story loft buildings, many with upper floor commercial uses ranging from small service-oriented firms to art galleries to large companies such as Scholastic Corporation who occupies a full building and leases additional space throughout the District. Many loft buildings have upper floors that were converted to Joint-Live-Work-Quarters-for-Artists (JLWQAs), while new developments have introduced residential condominium units to the District. Ground floor retail establishments occupy most of the District’s properties. The history of the SoHo neighborhood summarized below represents an effort to meet the challenges associated with balancing the area’s industrial past and its vibrant, mixed-use present and future.
The District reflects the M1-5B zoning designation and the SoHo–Cast Iron Historic District designated by the NYC Landmarks Commission in August 1973. Many of the structures within the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District were built in the post Civil War era as store and loft buildings which were occupied by a variety of commercial establishments into the early 20th century. A major change in occupancy occurred after World War Two, as textile firms began to relocate, and printing firms and storage uses moved into the large SoHo buildings. By the 1960s, many artists established studio space and living quarters in the loft buildings. An arts community developed and was in full swing through the mid-1990s. As early as the 1970s, the trend towards increasing rents and real estate values as well as new residential developments had begun to take place. Today, the District still maintains the essence of its early industrial history, and its reputation as a creative center, even as it continues to evolve into one of the City’s most attractive and popular residential neighborhoods and shopping destinations, as well as attracting a wide range of creative professionals seeking office space in commercial loft buildings.
Commercial Office and Retail Use:
There are over 130 retail uses within the District, of which approximately 65% are apparel and accessories type stores with the remaining storefronts occupied by a mix of personal services, general merchandise, health and beauty, and food stores as well as a limited number of eating and drinking establishments. The commercial buildings within the District provide office space for over 800 companies and almost 12,000 employees.
Although the BID is located within a manufacturing district (M1-5B zoning designation, which allows light manufacturing and most commercial uses “as-of-right”), the presence of loft dwellings and JLWQA units, has created a more residential and mixed-use character in the District and in the SoHo neighborhood at large. According the City Planning Commission, the District contains almost 400 residential units. The residential units within the District are represented by the 146 residential condominium units, the approximately 200 units associated with the 14 mixed-use cooperative buildings, and the balance contained within the various rental properties throughout the District.
Not-For-Profit & Public
The District contains one, publically owned parcel. It is a triangular-shaped parcel at the southeast corner of Broadway and East Houston Street. The NYC Transit Authority has jurisdiction over the property. At this time, there are no properties owned by a not-for profit entity with tax-exempt status.
The District is directly served by subway and bus transportation along Broadway. The MTA bus line M5 has several stops along Broadway and the “Broadway Local- R” subway has stations Prince Street and then at Canal Street. The Broadway-Lafayette station for the B, D, and F subway lines provide one-stop access to the A,C, and E subway lines and the Lexington #6 subway stations are located just beyond the District.