The Lowdown on the High Line
by nycgo.com staff, 06/03/2014
Milk Gallery. Photo: Will Steacy
West 14th Street Entrance, Meatpacking District
On hot summer days, cool off in the shade of the 14th Street Passage, a 4,000-square-foot stretch. It's near here that Tuesday evening stargazing sessions take place. Down below, take in exotic eats, fashionable boutiques 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: Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg is one of a number of boldface design names to have set up shop in the Meatpacking District. This flagship, a glass-fronted storefront with curving interior, is a fitting showcase for her iconic wrap dress, which she debuted in the 1970s and now revives every year in updated colors and prints. There’s much more inside: bags, shoes, skirts and seasonal items (swimwear for summer, coats for winter), to name just a few.
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 all kinds of exhibitions—photos from Andy Warhol’s Factory, shows by up-and-comers from Parsons—along with Milk's own alternative MADE Fashion Week.