A. 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.
But if we’re talking about the Meatpacking District of today, where some good-looking well-heeled people may just slither out of a bar with Lindsay Lohan in tow-- or a lookalike?! You probably don’t remember what happened the night before.
We do know, however, what happened here many nights many years ago. The district was primarily a butcher’s neighborhood by the turn of the 20th century, with rows of open-air meat markets, pork and veal packers, meatpacking plants, lumberyards and tenements lining the cobblestone streets.
Things changed in the sixties all the way to the eighties. Underground gay clubs mushroomed in the area with transvestite prostitutes working the cobblestones at night. Then the district just gave way to decay until the nineties when upscale fashion brands revitalized it with their shops.
The area was transformed. Snazzy bars and restaurants gave the fashionista crowd a reason to dress up and enjoy la dolce vita with the area’s culinary and cultural delights.
The High Line public park, which opened in 2009, gives the district a family-friendly vibe with its green promenade. It’s where a train once rumbled and it’s elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West side running from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues.
The neighborhood has come to define a new, urban elegance. It’s still a "meet" market, though, if you know what we mean.