The Meatpacking District is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Meatpacking District runs from West 14th Street south of Gansevoort Street and from the Hudson River east of Hudson Street.
History Of The Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking District used to be a residential area, but there have been markets in existence dating back to the 1840s. By the 20th century, the neighborhood had rows of open-air meat markets, meatpacking plants and pork and veal packers. In addition, there were lumberyards and tenements in the area. by the 1930s slaughterhouses in the neighborhood produced the country’s third-largest amount of dressed meats. Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, five meatpacking companies still operate in the district.
The neighborhood started to change in the 1960s when some of New York City’s first underground gay clubs opened there. The 1970s led to shops being opened with a focus on gay clientele and by the mid-80s a new restaurant called Florent brought in a different vibe in the neighborhood. The arrival of Gansevoort Hotel brought in a new crowd of foodies, fashion lovers and party-goers drawn to the shopping, late night places and food places that were making up the district. Although the area started out as an industrial meat packing section, and it may still have its meatpacking remnants in some parts, it appeals more to the trendy people and celebrities alike- leading it to garner a reputation of being a 24-hour neighborhood.
High-End Shopping Epicenter
In 1999 the opening of Jeffrey, a highbrow and exclusive clothing store, marked the change of more high-end shops changing the structure of the area. Brands like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Yigal Azrouel also docked here but have since moved out. Here are some of the high-end stores that are found in the area.
Diane von Furstenberg
Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) flagship opened in 2007. The building is a store, office, and design studio all in one. Having DVF’s presence in the area catapulted the fashion business in the Meatpacking District. You also can’t miss the building which is an ode to the classic wrap dress first debuted by DVF in the 70s with a glass front with curving interiors.
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone is also present in the District with a minimalist “chic-meets-boho” vibe. Bringing the trendy persona that has now become the Meatpacking District, Rag & Bone brings wearable clothing that cleverly blends classic tailoring with an edgy and understated New York aesthetic.
The famous red-sole, high-heels is also part of the area located at 59 Horatio St. (Greenwich St). It’s believed that the opening of Louboutin as well as Louboutin’s first men’s-only store launched at the same time, brought a sense of exclusivity to the area. Not only that, there was more of a luxury brand stamp placed on the neighborhood.
With a name like Meatpacking District, one would expect to find meat in this area right? Well, yes and not only does this neighborhood have meat there are some upscale restaurants that are worth pointing out.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Old Homestead Steakhouse opened in 1868 as a dockworkers’ chophouse. Laid back people are the ones drawn to this place where you’ll find sashimi, seared yellowfin tuna, strip steak, prime rib and so much more, however, their beef sounds like the winner.
How To Get There
Getting to the area, you can use the A, C, E, L trains. For more options to get to the District, click here.
If you find yourself in need of the hospital or the police, here is the closest police precinct and hospital to locate.
30 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
NYPD 6th Precinct
233 W 10th St,
New York, NY 10014