The Meatpacking District (on the map)
My utmost favorite part of the city is the Meatpacking District, situated in the lower West Side of Manhattan. It’s a 24h-neighbourhood, where people from the creative industry established their headquarters. The cobblestone streets are bustling with fashion people, graphic designers, architects, artists, … In short, here you’ll meet the crème de la crème of the free thinkers, originals and, well yes hipsters!
Before gentrification, this Manhattan neighborhood was home to some 250 meatpacking plants and slaughterhouses … over time they became abandoned and derelict; the neighborhood had to be repopulated and revamped.
Today, this peculiar district combines urban chic with working class flair, while aligning next to each other some of the few remaining meatpacking plants together with stylish boutiques, such as Zadig et Voltaire or Kartell… a truly diverting and somehow jocular contrast that gives evidence of the open-mindedness of the neighborhood’s community.
The Highline Park (on the map)
But the Meatpacking District has more than one trick up its sleeve… it gives access to another of my darling New York places, the Highline Park. This Park in the sky is the disused, elevated section of the West Line (which was part of the New York Central Railroad circuit) and has been refitted in an aerial greenway. It’s an impressive little green park built on a rail line above the buzzing streets of Manhattan’s Lower West Side, a haven of peace in a megalopolis that is the City of New York!
Here are the opening hours of the Highline Park, they vary with each change of season:
Dec 1 to Mar 31: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Apr 1 to May 31: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
June 1 to Sept 30: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Oct 1 to Nov 30: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Get more information about the whole project on the Highline Park
Eat’n, drink’n, entertain’n
Meat lovers here’s something for you: Bubby’s present themselves as an American restaurant with a steady focus on American traditions and their evolution. Their trademark and pride: in-house butchered meat! I recommend the Pit’s Smoked Pork or the delicious Lamb Burger with Tsatsiki, to be ordered with one of their freshly squeezed lemonades, such as the watermelon lemonade – a pure delight!
Brass Monkey is a non-glittery, down-to-earth bar just next to the Highline. They are proud of their beer program with over 100 domestic, import and craft drafts and bottles. They also have a cool rooftop terrace to enjoy late summer nights.
Dos Caminos, “hay hambre”, is a Mexican restaurant that is just perfect for a late dinner out on their terrace. Whet your appetite with something to munch on, such as tacos with guacamole and some very hot chilli dips!
Bathtub Gin is a secret gin-bar in Chelsea. Note the address beforehand, otherwise you might not find it!
Sleep No More is not a dance performance, not a museum, not a play… but it’s something your part of ! A strange, lugubrious and exciting not-to-miss experience… go secure your tickets on the website of the Mckittrick Hotel!
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