The Lowdown on the High Line
by nycgo.com staff, 05/08/2013
Photo: Will Steacy
14th Street Entrance, Meatpacking District
On hot summer days, cool off in the shade of the 14th Street Passage. The 4,000-square-foot stretch is also the meeting place for High Line tours, departing every Tuesday at 6:30pm during the summer months. Down below, take in exotic eats, top-notch denim and striking art.
Dining: Spice Market
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's sprawling Asian restaurant, which first opened its doors in 2004, focuses on the street food the owner enjoyed during his travels in the Far East. The menu offers everything from charred chili-rubbed beef skewers with Thai basil dipping sauce to caramelized banana with spiced milk chocolate sauce. It's delicious.
Shopping: Jean Shop
No one does this classic wardrobe staple quite like the Jean Shop, which opened its doors in 2003. The shop—named one of the top 100 stores in the USA by GQ magazine—specializes in handcrafted washes and distress patterns, designed on a case-by-case basis for style-savvy customers. Those in the market for something other than jeans can peruse the selection of leather jackets, belts and wallets that also bear the signature styled-in-house look.
Arts & Entertainment: Milk Gallery
This large Chelsea studio and event space (a former location of the MTV Video Music Awards after-party) also hosts an art gallery specializing in the works of photographers who document celebrity, fashion and pop culture. Expect exhibitions like Roxanne Lowit's candid backstage images from Dior runway shows, a collection of never-before-seen shots of the Rat Pack—or the occasional break from type, like a show of the work by Japanese Shinto sculptor Shinjo Ito.