SoHo Loft

SoHo Loft

Home of The Real World: New York

565 Broadway #2C

New York, New York 10012

The 9-story, 10 unit residential co-op building is located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Prince Street in the SoHo District of New York City.

Originally five stories, the marble-fronted building was designed by John Kellum and built in 1860 by John May. The building was leased to Ball Black & Co., New York's leading jeweler until 1874. The 2nd floor originally housed their showroom. In 1893, Charles and Mortiz Freedman bought the building for their ladies wear business. They first proposed adding one story, but revised that to four at a cost of $50,000. In 1979, the building was converted into a residential co-op by Martin Fine.

Two apartments on the 2nd floor were renovated to create the 4,000 square foot Loft for the filming of the series. Today, the 6,500 SF floor houses a single Loft with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 powder rooms and a 1,500 SF mezzanine. The Loft features a 17 foot exposed brick original vault ceiling, 12 foot tall windows and 6 Corinthian columns. The space is served by 2 freight sized passenger elevators.

"After visiting and rejecting several dozen locations, the producers found this building downtown and broke through the walls of two adjacent apartments to form a single, vast four-bedroom loft - one that few artistic young wannabes could actually afford to rent, even en masse. Both home and set, the place has been bugged, with 14 microphones set into the ceiling and night tables in addition to the wireless ones the participants wear. The phones have been tapped so that viewers can hear both sides of the conversation. In an adjacent work space with a separate entrance, a crew of up to 13 people at a time puts in 10 hour shifts surrounded by dubbing racks, a sound-mixing console and swags of cable." (1992 Newspaper Article)

The ground floor retail space is leased to Victoria's Secret PINK. In December 2020, the Loft was used to film The Real World Homecoming: New York.

Articles / Google Street View / Links

SoHo Loft Visit, May 2010
2nd Floor Windows, Front Doors, Lobby, Southeast Corner, Prince Street Side, Retail Space

Post-Filming Pictures
Entryway, Gallery, Great Room, Office

Front Doors, Prince Street Side

Lower Floor
Bathroom, Billiard Room, Dining Room, Entryway, Kitchen, Living Room, Office

Bathroom, Bedroom, Bedroom, Laundry Room

Lower Level

Taping Dates
February 16 - May 18, 1992

Photo Credit: Main Page

Updated - November 11, 2022