The Transformation of the Meatpacking District

Posted by Greg on Sep 9, 2010 in NYC |

It’s no secret that I have an undying love for New York City. Since moving back to Long Island in 2005, I have found myself more and more inspired by stately old Manhattan. About a month ago I ventured to High Line Ballroom to see The Juliana Theory reunion show. Having not been in that neighborhood in quite some time —- roughly four years —- I was interested to see what it looked like. Last I remember, the Maritime Hotel was the only hip spot and the rest of the neighborhood felt quite scummy. My how times have changed.

Whether its the arrival of the beyond-magnificent High Line trail or the arrival of trendy new hotspots on 14th Street, that four-to-five block stretch suddenly feels chic, posh and high-end. And yet I’m almost certain when I was there in 2005 (to see Edwin McCain with my sister) the High Line Ballroom felt unsafe. Is my imagination deceiving me? Did the Meatpacking District blow up in the last five years right under my watch?

Either way, it’s become one of my new favorite spots in the city and a treasured little slice of heaven.

1 Comment

Emily Shulan
Mar 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Hi, I am a senior at Yale University writing my thesis on the transformation of the Meatpacking District since the creation of the High Line. I was hoping I may further talk to you about your experience coming back and seeing the differences, and getting a first hand description at what the area used to be like? Any input would be great. Thanks.

Emily Shulan



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