This former industrial center used to be made up largely of slaughterhouses, meatpacking plants, and scores of open-air meat markets. Today, the neighborhood is better known for its high-end boutiques and restaurants. Although the Meatpacking District has changed significantly over time, its past remains evident. As you wander the cobblestone streets, you’ll find facades from former meat lockers, and even a few meat packers still operating in the area.
The best way to learn about the neighborhood’s transformation is to explore with a guide. Walking tours of the Meatpacking District often include visits to the High Line elevated park and nearby Chelsea Market. Sex and the City–themed tours also usually stop by the district, the setting for several memorable scenes from the TV show.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The Meatpacking District is a must for culture lovers and travelers interested in New York City history.
The cobblestone streets that dominate the area can be tricky for wheelchair users to navigate.
The neighborhood’s nightclubs typically enforce strict dress codes.
Reservations are recommended for the neighborhood’s restaurants.
How to Get There
The Meatpacking District is located on the far west side of Manhattan, bordered by Chelsea to the north and the West Village to the south. About a 10-minute walk away, 14th Street is the closest subway station, served by trains A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, and L.
When to Get There
The Meatpacking District is vibrant 24 hours a day. When you visit depends on which side of the neighborhood you want to experience. Morning is good for shopping, people-watching, and coffee-drinking, while late night is the time for barhopping and club-going.
The High Line
The opening of the 1.45-mile-long (2.33-kilometer-long) High Line heralded the completion of the Meatpacking District’s makeover. Once a freight line running along the edge of the district, the High Line is now one of New York’s beloved green spaces. Stroll through the elevated park while enjoying views of Manhattan and the Hudson River—you’ll even spot the Statue of Liberty. To learn about the project, take a High Line walking tour.
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