A guide of what to do in the Meatpacking District — all the best things to do, must try restaurants, and places to shop in this NYC neighborhood. This museum found by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in is known for hosting blockbuster traveling exhibitions as well as being home to an impressive collection of 20th and 21st Century American Art. The Whitney Biennial takes place every two years and is an invitational exhibition featuring works created in the past two years. It will take place in next.
Although the part to the north of this, up to West 16th Street, and a part to the east of Hudson Street, is often considered Meatpacking as well. In , the Meatpacking District was the home of slaughterhouses and packing plants, giving the district its name. Meanwhile, there are only five left in the district. The neighbourhood is now known especially for its vibrant, glamorous nightlife. In the 60s the decline set in, reaching an all time low in the 80s.
New York City's Meatpacking District is the neighborhood for everything cool. In the early s it was the home to over slaughterhouses and meat packing plants as well as other industries including cigar making and automobile repair , but now, over years later, it is one of the city's most popular areas to socialize. From shopping at one of the many boutiques to walking the beloved High Line, these are the top things to do in the Meatpacking District. The Whitney Museum of Art is one of New York City's most famous art museums and one of the most prestigious in the world.
Over the last two decades, upscale loft residential buildings converted from commercial warehouses, as well as nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques have replaced the meatpacking plants that gave the neighborhood its moniker. Before the Civil War, the neighborhood was home to a variety of industries, including ironworks, terra cotta manufacturing, carpentry and woodworking, lumber yards, granite works and a plaster mill. In the s, the development and opening of the High Line, a public park created on an abandoned elevated train track, helped precipitate even more development of luxury hotels and condominiums in buildings designed by celebrity architects. These include the story Hotel Gansevoort, opened in , and the Standard High Line, which straddles the elevated park and was completed in