Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Meatpacking District

by Jessica Allen, 01/08/2013

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  • Chelsea Market
    75 Ninth Ave., 212-652-2110
    With more than 35 stores and restaurants, Chelsea Market is the neighborhood's answer to a mall. Like the nearby High Line, Chelsea Market has an intriguing history. In the 1890s the National Biscuit Company ran a huge bakery complex on this site, producing Oreos, Barnum's Animals Crackers and other snacks. By the end of the 1950s the company had departed New York for New Jersey, and the building fell out of use until several investors purchased it in the 1990s. These days ovens once again bake loaves and sweet treats, courtesy of Doughnuttery and Fat Witch Bakery, among others. Scuff marks and scratches on the market's wide main aisle testify to the industrial past and present. Visitors can dunk an impossibly chocolaty cookie from Jacques Torres into a deliciously fresh glass of Ronnybrook milk, produced on a third-generation family farm in the Hudson Valley; gnaw on salt-and-pepper jerky from Dickson's Farmstand Meats while browsing the latest literary releases at Posman Books; listen to one of the periodic chamber music concerts; take advantage of the free WiFi; cast an eye at a sample sale; or simply soak up the atmosphere. 

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