One area we really loved wandering around while in NYC was the Meatpacking District. It had a totally different look to the other downtown neighbourhoods, with wider footpaths and low rise, converted industrial buildings (including remnants of its namesake meatpacking plants).
The once no-go neighbourhood is now home to high-end fashion stores, boutique hotels and chic eateries like Pastis, where we stopped for creme brulee and people watching.
Nearby were these striking wall murals of Madonna by a street artist called Mr Brainwash.
We ventured up to the much talked about Highline – a disused railway line that’s recently been converted into a park and public space, spanning the Meatpacking District to Chelsea.
Here’s the view looking down….
…and the view above of The Standard – a stunning design hotel (that’s part of the Highline underneath).
…and a close-up of the urban-meets-nature Highline where rustic railway tracks merge with wild plants – so effective and pretty.