Must-See Meatpacking District
by Jessica Allen, 01/08/2013
(From left) Shopping on Washington Street and The High Line, photos by Julienne Schaer
Manhattan is at its most glamorous in the Meatpacking District: here, the city that never sleeps really never sleeps. The area, which roughly runs from Gansevoort Street to West 14th Street and from the Hudson River to Hudson Street, represents the City's stylish side. The well- (and high-) heeled amble along cobblestone streets, shopping at the neighborhood's luxury retailers and reveling in its nightclubs and lounges. And the High Line, New York City's most successful public park in decades—along with recently created, pedestrian-friendly zones along Ninth Avenue—gives visitors ample chances to relax.
Since its beginnings as Fort Gansevoort in the early 1800s, the neighborhood has played host to produce markets, tenements, more than 250 slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants (hence the area's name), auto repair shops, lumberyards, underground sex clubs and multiple episodes of Sex and the City. As the Whitney Museum of American Art prepares to leave its Upper East Side headquarters for new digs at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, no doubt the neighborhood will continue to change. For more information on the area's marquee attractions, shopping, dining and more, read on.