Owing its name to the many New York City meatpacking plants that once called the neighbourhood home, the Meatpacking District has retained its historical character and cobblestone streets. Now known for its fashionable shops, quality restaurants and trendy nightlife scene, the cutting-edge neighbourhood is conveniently accessible by the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E and L subway lines.
“This month we are excited to highlight and encourage visitation to one of New York City’s most vibrant and fashionable neighbourhoods, the Meatpacking District,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “Full of history, delicious restaurants, popular attractions, bustling shops, stylish hotels and more, the Meatpacking District is an exciting addition to any New York City visit.”
“Must-See Meatpacking” Highlights
The following activities, places, venues and more are featured on nycgo.com/nxn • An elevated park built on a railway trestle, the High Line runs from Gansevoort Street north to West 30th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues. The public park provides a perfect place to stroll and enjoy the greenery, curated art installations and well-designed places to sit. The final section of the park will extend half a mile to 34th Street and is expected to open this fall
• The Whitney Museum of American Art plans to open its new, nine-story building in the Meatpacking District, on Gansevoort Street between the Hudson River and the High Line, in 2015
• The stylish neighbourhood is home to several luxury stores. Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship store is in the Meatpacking District; as well as Joie, a ready-to-wear brand popular for their silk tops; and Christian Louboutin, known for their red-soled stilettos opened a men’s store in the Meatpacking District in 2012. Across from DVF, Jeffrey, a high-end designer clothing store, has called the Meatpacking District home since 1999. Down the street from Jeffrey, the classic T-shirt and separates brand Lilla P opened a boutique in 2011. For bicycle enthusiasts, the UK-based Rapha Cycles has a store in the neighborhood and sells stylish cycling clothing and accessories
• Once home to the National Biscuit Company, Chelsea Market is now a food hall and retail concourse. From crepes at Bar Suzette and fresh baked bread at Amy’s Bread to beef pie at Tuck Shop and mac and cheese at Ronnybrook Dairy, there is something for everyone at Chelsea Market
• The Meatpacking District boasts several noteworthy restaurants. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant Spice Market serves upscale Asian street food like steamed shrimp dumplings and charred chili-rubbed beef skewers. Nearby, Dos Caminos is known for its mouthwatering Mexican food, and Fig & Olive is popular for its modern and delicious Mediterranean dishes. Also in the Meatpacking District, Macelleria, an Italian steakhouse, specialises in Northern Italian cuisine. A French café and bistro, Bakehouse Bistro & Bar serves everything from French pastries in the morning to grilled tuna Niçoise for lunch and dinner
• Visitors looking to explore more of the Meatpacking District can extend their stay at one of the neighbourhood’s several hotels. With glamorous loft-inspired guest rooms and suites, Dream Downtown is an innovated hotel with a rooftop pool and several dining and nightlife options including PH-D and The Beach. The Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC is a chic, urban oasis with mod-style interiors. In addition to the rooftop pool, and the rooftop bar and lounge, Plunge, the hotel also has a spa, event space, outdoor grill and nightclub, Provocateur.
• The Meatpacking District is a popular destination for its nightlife spots. Opened in 1992, Hogs & Heifers is a dive bar destination. For live music, the Highline Ballroom features performances including R&B, rock, pop and jazz
• For New Yorkers and visitors looking to relax in the Meatpacking District, there are several spas and salons including Bumble and bumble., an edgy hair salon; exhale spa, whose offerings include spa therapies and fitness classes, and Prieto Select, a hair and makeup salon, are both located at the Gansevoort
Neighborhood x Neighborhood: The Essential Guide to NYC
New York City is made up of five distinct boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The Neighborhood x Neighborhood initiative spotlights the affordability and accessibility of these diverse communities, including areas that have seen new hotel development in recent years. Neighborhoods and featured highlights are chosen in collaboration with community leaders and with consideration of NYC & Company’s members.
In order to continue to grow New York City’s tourism industry, Neighborhood x Neighborhood targets repeat visitors, intrepid first-time visitors and New Yorkers seeking new adventures here in their home city. The campaign was designed to highlight the diversity of offerings in New York City’s five boroughs, encourage exploration in areas outside traditional tourist locations and generate economic activity in the featured neighborhoods.