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- Meat Packing District AmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Oct 29, 2013
You guessed it, this place used to be the meat packing district of NYC, but is now known for its fashion (high end boutiques like DVF, Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, etc.) as well as night clubs. It's a hot spot for those looking for NYC nightlife!
Grab a cab and come on over with your friends for a fun night out on the town!
- Meat Packing DistrictAug 23, 2013
The Meatpacking District is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan which runs roughly from West 14th Street south to Gansevoort Street, and from the Hudson River east to Hudson Street, although recently it is sometimes considered to have extended north to West 16th Street and east beyond Hudson Street.
History[edit source | editbeta]
Initial development[edit source | editbeta]
The earliest development of the area now known as the Meatpacking District came in the mid-19th century. Before that it was the location of Fort Gansevoort, and the upper extension of Greenwich Village, which had been a vacation spot until overtaken by the northward movement of New York City. The irregular street patterns in the area resulted from the clash of the Greenwich Village street system with that of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, which sought to impose a regular grid on the undeveloped part of Manhattan island.
Construction of residences in the neighborhood – primarily rowhouses and town houses, some of which were later converted into tenements – had began around 1840, primarily in the Greek Revival style which was prominent at the time. By mid-century, with Fort Gansevoort replaced by freight yards of the Hudson River Railroad, a neighborhood developed which was part heavy industry, and part residential – a pattern which was more typical of an earlier period in the city's history, but was becoming less usual, as industry and residences began to be isolated in their own districts. In the western portion of the neighborhood heavy industry, such as iron works and a terra cotta manufacturer, could be found, while lighter industry such as carpentry and woodworking, lumber yards, paint works, granite works and a plaster mill mixed into the residential area. At the time of the Civil War, the part of the district west of Ninth Avenue and Greenwich Street and above 10th Street was the location of numerous distilleries making turpentine and camphene, a lamp fuel.
After the Civil War[edit source | editbeta]
When development began again after the war in the 1870s, the tenor of the neighborhood changed. Since it was no longer considered to be a desirable area to live in, construction of single family residences was replaced with the building of multiple-family dwellings, and the continued internal industrialization increased. In addition, an elevated railroad line had been constructed through the neighborhood along Ninth Avenue and Greenwich Street, completed in 1869. Additional development began in the 1880s when two new markets began operating in the area. On the old freight yards, the Gansevoort Market (originally the "Farmer's Market"), an open-air space for the buying and selling of regional produce started in 1879, and the West Washington Market, 10 brick buildings used for meat, poultry and dairy transactions, relocated to the river side of West Street in 1884. By 1900, the area was home to 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants, and by the 1920s, what had been a neighborhood based on mixture of marketplaces became more tightly focused on meatpacking and related activities – although other industries continued to be located there, including cigar making, transportation-related businesses such as automobile repair, express services and garages, import-export firms, marine supplies, cosmetics, printing and many other. After decades of debate, the High Line elevated freight line was authorized in 1929 as part of the "West Side Improvement Plan", and the New York Central Railroad completed construction, passing through the neighborhood, in 1934.
Decline and resurgence[edit source | editbeta]
The area's decline began around 1960s, as part of the general decline of the waterfront area. Containerization of freight, the advent of supermarkets which changed the distribution pattern for meat, dairy and produce from a locally or regionally based system to a more national one, the development of frozen foods and refrigerated trucks to deliver them, were all factors, but meatpacking continued to be the major activity in the neighborhood through the 1970s. At the same time a new "industry", nightclubs and other entertainment and leisure operations catering to a gay clientele began to spring up in the area.
In the 1980s, as the industrial activities in the area continued their downturn, it became known as a center for drug dealing and prostitution, particularly involving transsexuals. Concurrent with the rise in illicit sexual activity, the sparsely populated industrial area became the focus of the city's burgeoning BDSM subculture; over a dozen sex clubs – including such notable ones as The Anvil, The Manhole, the Mineshaft, and the heterosexual-friendly Hellfire Club – flourished in the area. A preponderance of these establishments were under the direct control of the Mafia or subject to NYPD protection rackets. In 1985, The Mineshaft was forcibly shuttered by the city at the height of AIDS preventionism.
Beginning in the late 1990s, the Meatpacking District went through a transformation. High-end boutiques catering to young professionals and hipsters opened, including Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Barbour, Rubin Chapelle, Theory, Ed Hardy, Puma, Moschino, ADAM by Adam Lippes, and the Apple Store; restaurants such as Pastis and 5 Ninth; and nightclubs such as Tenjune. In 2004, New York magazine called the Meatpacking District "New York’s most fashionable neighborhood.
CREDIT : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meatpacking_District,_Manhattan
- Meat Packing DistrictFirst to ReviewNov 25, 2012
Strange to think an area that was packed full of factories is now one of the more affluent areas to shop or party. This district is full of great restaurants and quite a few art galleries. If you want to see fantastic street are in NYC - the graffiti here is always creative and well done.