The New York Times features an article today on the emergence of "Noho," a new neighborhood that despite its tiny size, has established a distinct identity from the West Village to the north and west and Soho, to the south (obviously).
How is Noho at all distinguishable from Soho or the West Village? Well...
It's easy to cash a check in a hurry or buy a skateboard. To find cologne, incense, a backrub or a bong, head to the NoHo Market, a collage of open-air stands on Broadway at West Fourth Street. But for $400 sandals or contemporary art, head south.
Because NoHo has no parks, its families and children gravitate to Washington Square Park or the DeSalvio Playground at Spring and Mulberry Streets.
Turn east off Broadway, and the clamor gives way to cobblestones and quiet. "We have very few retail stores," said Zella Jones, chairwoman of the NoHo Neighborhood Association. "They're high-end furniture, artist supplies, designers' studios. Eclectic. Sleepy."
Also worthy of note is the fact that Tony Goldman, whose B3 is the most familiar of his projects to me, has had a hand in the creation of this "new" zone.