{NYC} Highlights of the Meatpacking District

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.


6 Responses

  1. Tanya November 13, 2009 / 12:20 pm

    I love the Madonna pic and the railway tracks looks like a great place to explore.

  2. jen laceda November 14, 2009 / 3:13 pm

    I so miss New York. At one point in my life (’98-’00) I lived with a(n) (ex)boyfriend in the Lower East Side. It used to be grungy and sketchy, but today, it has “arrived” !

  3. kristine November 15, 2009 / 4:11 am

    …and great for going out at night!!

  4. Cate November 16, 2009 / 5:36 pm

    The name has stuck out for me since I watched Samantha strut her stuff with a group of trannies in SATC sometime back. I love redeveloped areas just as long as they don’t bring in coffee chains. Pastis looks cute!

  5. {lovely little things} December 5, 2009 / 1:02 am

    I’ve heard good things about the Highline, can’t wait to visit it next time I’m in NYC.

  6. Bali Beach Bunny December 11, 2009 / 10:38 am

    gooood post.
    schiller’s is one of my designer’s faves
    as is public/double crown – very cool
    i love the look of allen and delancey though
    i know know know that i want restaurant no.2 in this amazing city
    coincidence that the boy has an american passport?!?

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