Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Houston and West Broadway

The street along the bottom of the photo is Houston Street and the street where the yellow cab is turning into is West Broadway. SoHo (short for South of Houston Street), a highly desirable shopping district, begins here.

New Yorkers like to give acronyms to the districts in the city like NoHo (North of Houston Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy), Tribeca (Triangle Below Canal Street) and DUMBO (District under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

So does your city have an acronym?

18 comments:

Olivier said...

Non à Evry, on ne donne pas d'acronymes aux quartiers, on trouve cela (enfin je pense) que dans les grandes villes.

Not in Evry, it gives no acronyms the neighborhoods, find it (well I think) than in large cities.

Bibi said...

I have so many similar photos of giant billboards from my last trip to NY, city I love. Here in Belgrade we don't give acronyms to neighborhoods, just names, like the French use Montmartre, for example.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice photograph. It looks very busy to me.

D.C. Confidential said...

Does my city have an acronym?! Bwahahahaha. My city is nothing but an alphabet soup of acronyms thanks to the government. Where to start?

Although, in terms of the neighborhoods themselves, we don't really use acronyms. Probably because everything else gets foreshortened around here.

Great picture! Love the billboard for Delta with the London cab against the reality of a NYC Yellow Cab. Nicely done!

Kelly said...

None that I know of, but some of these you named are new to me!

Petrea said...

I never knew that was why it was Soho. In LA, NoHo is North Hollywood.

Anonymous said...

"T.O.," which stands for Toronto, Ontario, but that's not really an acronym, is it? Technically, I think it's an initialism, but I don't think it really matters.

val

Terry B said...

Great photo, Ming! I love this intersection in New York. Whenever I'm there, I feel I'm about to enter the belly of the beast that is SoHo.

In Chicago, at least one developer is trying to create some acronym cachet, dubbing his development just south of North Avenue SoNo. I don't think it's taking. Personally, when I see the signs, I just think, "Ummm, so no."

Bibi said...

Me again. I'll be on vacation for two weeks starting tomorrow, so won't be able to visit. (I've used scheduled posting on my blog; hope it works.)

USelaine said...

No way, Ho-Zay. We generally have to spell out the whole town name, and even then, have trouble with people getting it wrong.

W-I-L-L-I-T-S. No, two "I"s. Yea...yeah, that's it. Pardon? Uh, about 500 miles north of Los Angeles.

Dee Dee said...

Ming...I love this fact about New Yorkers...you have taught us many interesting things about your home town...you are quite the tour guide.....I am grateful for that and am becoming more and more fond of your fascinating city...

NYD said...

Ming. Thanks for dropping by.
DUMBO is a new one for me. When did they develop that area?

If you ever want to see photos of my burg just drop on by Tobacco Road
, thanks

Todd HellsKitchen said...

My city has a lot of acronyms... But you already stole them all! Hehehehe.

Thinking Fool said...

Well, by George, I was in that exact spot in March!

NOVA - Northern Virginia.

Monika N. said...

The young ones usually give the places acronyms. Like Akihabara - Akiba. Et cetera.

Chris said...

I like that area a lot.

The only acronym I can think of at this time is SOBRO - South of Broadway.

Hey! Do you know any of these four places:
WaterMoon - Asian Art and Antiques
LaStreghe Ristorante (Little Italy)
Lunella (Little Italy)
La Grotta Azura (Little Italy)

citygirl15 said...

I just heard that the area surrounding the Lincoln Tunnel is now called SoHell (South of Hell's Kitchen). That's a new one for me, but I'm sure it's going to be the next "hot" area of Manhattan where warehouses are soon to be converted into million dollar apartments.

melly said...

How do New Yorkers pronounce Houston? Over here where i live (Singapore), we'd say hew-ston. But i know you guys say it differently.