The Garment District, also referred to as the Garment Center, the Fashion District or the Fashion Center, is a neighborhood found in the Manhattan borough of New York City. The Garment District is less than 1 square mile and lies between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue from 34th to 42nd streets.
Garment District As The Epicenter Of Fashion
The Garment District houses a lot of New York City’s showrooms and major fashion labels. It caters to all aspects of the fashion process from design, production and wholesale selling. Since the early 20th century the Garment Center has been recognized as the center for fashion manufacturing and fashion design in America.
The majority of New York City’s annual sales comes from the Garment District. Fashion labels that you will find there include, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and more. Most fashion labels have showrooms, production facilities or supported offices in the area.
Five Garment Center Things To See And Do
A visit to this area is worthwhile whether you are a fashionista or budding designer or are simply interested to know
what this small but mighty area has to offer.
1. Mood Fabrics
Mood Fabrics has almost become synonymous with the Heidi Klum hosted fashion show, Project Runway. A visit to Garment District would not be complete without visiting Mood. Mood Fabrics is the number-one shopping destination for fashion fabric in the world. The store has been named one of “Fashion’s 50 Most Powerful” by The New York Times Daily. Mood has played an important role in the fashion world for over twenty years. Majority of the store’s clientele has always been fashion designers, fashion students and home sewers. Now due to the popularity of Project Runway, hundreds of non-sewing tourists visit the store daily, perhaps hoping to catch a glimpse of Tim Gunn or Swatch- the store’s dog.
2. Lazzara’s Pizza Cafe
Lazzara’s Pizza Cafe has been serving delicious pizza in the area for over 30 years. Time Out New York has rated the cafe in its Top 10 best pizza in New York. Lazzara’s Pizza Cafe opened in 1985 at 221 West 38th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Those familiar with the Garment District know that Lazzara’s serves the best pizza in the area, making it a definite spot to pop in for a slice or two.
3. Midtown Comics
Calling all Marvel Comics and DC Comics lovers. Visit the Midtown Comics store at the corner on 7th Avenue. This is the biggest comic book store in America. DC Comics is well known for celebrity appearances of outside the comic book industry. Midtown Comics has also developed a reputation for being one of the most media-friendly comic stores in the country. Midtown’s staff was consulted by big shot media outlets in 2009 in connection with the appearance of President Obama in a Spider-Man issue, and later in connection with the release of the blockbuster Avatar.
4. OM Factory
To get some mind, body and spirit relaxation, visit the OM Factory. OM Factory is the place for you to stretch out and ‘hang’ in an Aerial Yoga class. OM Factory Yoga Center is also called an urban oasis that allows you to experience some transformational wellness. You can get some exercise through an AcroYoga class, Aerial Yoga, meditation or attend one of their workshops or retreats.
5. Refinery Hotel
See the sun set on top of a rooftop lounge at Refinery Hotel. The Refinery is one of the best boutique Bryant Park hotels in New York City, found in the center of the Fashion District. What you will also find in the hotel is a prohibition style tea lounge, a silver coffee trailer, signature restaurant and a rooftop bar that’s divided into three distinct sections. On the rooftop you’ll see views of The Empire State Building over all New York City Hotels.
Police & Hospital Contacts In The Area
If you encounter a need for the police or hospital in the Fashion Center, contact the following:
357 West 35th Street
New York, NY, 10001-1701
Mount Sinai Hospital
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574
212-241-6500 or 212-590-3300