New York Winter - Snow in Soho
- By Vivienne Gucwa
This part of Soho is part of the Soho Cast Iron District which consists of 500 buildings that feature distinct cast-iron architecture spanning over a 26 block radius. Many of the buildings date back to the 1870s when the area was primarily residential. However, most of the residences during the later part of the 20th century were converted for commercial use which allowed Soho to play an integral role in the commercial development of New York City.
This is a view looking north up Mercer Street in Soho towards midtown. The Chrysler Building can be seen in the distance. The snow-covered sign on the left belongs to Fanelli's Cafe which has stood in this spot since the 1850s. Fanelli’s Cafe has the distinction of being the second oldest food and drink establishment that is located on its same site (the oldest food and drink establishment in New York City is Bridge Cafe which dates back to 1794). In the 1920s, Fanelli's Cafe operated as a speakeasy during prohibition.