3.4 out of 10

Meatpacking District

Ranked 42nd best neighborhood in Manhattan
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Great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"For a very specific crowd"

The former Meatpacking district, with its converted warehouses and waterfront location, is now a meat market in more ways than one. Scantily clad Sex-and-the-City wannabes seek hedge fund managers at the latest trendy clubs, wearing outfits often virtually indistinguishable from those of the transsexual prostitutes traditionally associated with the less-than-savory neighborhood back in the 80's. Which such an above view might seem excessively critical - after all, it is the most fashionable district in town, and the local Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Louboutin boutiques might well prove it. Yet the fashion mavens who flock to Tenjune at the early hours of the morning are a turnoff for as many as they are a turnon, and the very specific nature of the Meatpacking District Crowd means any potential visitor or resident should be aware of what they're getting.

Yet even for those night owls for whom Pastis, Buddha Bar, and the admittedly delicious Spice Market are necessary fixtures of the nightlife establishment, the Meatpacking District is a place to head down to, not to live. It's gritty and above all noisy, its warehouse buildings creating a dismal and gray atmosphere, and the waterfront is not exactly picturesque. Still, if you feel like being uber-trendy for a day, give it a gander! The only thing you have to lose is a couple hundred bills from your wallet!
Pros
  • Busy bar scene
  • Tons of restaurants
  • Boutique shopping
Cons
  • Wannabe Carrie Bradshaws
  • Drunken wailing hipsters
  • Pasts its prime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"Stylish and Hip"

I like the Meatpacking District. I dont love it, but I like it. It gives off a good vibe and reminds me of my hometown of Lockport Illinois.Its crowded at night, definetly safe.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Interesting spots to eat and drink
  • Industrial but cool looking
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Dismal looking in places
  • noisy especially at night
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Meatpacking District – Great If You Like Living In Scene-ville"

“To each his own,” said the lady when she kissed the cow, and that’s how I feel about the Meatpacking District. It is one of New York’s ‘scene’ neighborhoods, with hip restaurants, crowded bars, and upscale boutiques. Personally, I find it overly self-conscious and filled with people who are fashion followers rather than fashion trend-setters. But if you love being where the glitteratti meet to eat, drink, and party, you’ll be right in your element here.

Warm spring and summer weekends are when the neighborhood is in its glory. Restaurants and bars have seating that spills onto the sidewalks, lending to a party atmosphere. The energy can be frenetic, but noise can be a problem.

Meatpacking District kids have it made. In addition to A-rated schools in the area, they are near the Hudson River, can play hide-and-seek in the area’s twisty, turn-y stone-covered streets, and can easily grab buses and subways to visit their friends or take advantage of everything New York has to offer.

The latest and greatest addition to the Meatpacking District is the Highline. An extensive length of elevated train track, it has been reclaimed and provides residents and visitors to the Meatpacking District with access to nature year-round. It is extremely beautiful and a wonderful community meeting place where you’ll see hipsters walking along bohemians, slow-moving seniors sharing the path with racing toddlers.

The price to live in this tony neighborhood ranges from $450,000 for a studio to $20 million for a penthouse. For people interested in purchasing one of the Meatpacking Districts historic townhouses, expect to pay up to $2,000 per square foot if you want a ‘desirable’ location near the High Line...$1,200 per square foot elsewhere in the area.
Pros
  • Interesting spots to eat and drink
Cons
  • Pricey
  • noisy especially at night
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Eh, trendy and not in a good way"

I have mixed feelings about the Meatpacking but they err on the not so great side. It's a cool looking neighborhood and a few of my friends live there in the most stunning loft apartments I have seen in Manhattan. But, there's a lot of riffraff in the area pretending to be cool. The majority of the city's big nightclubs and trendy but terrible restaurants reside in the Meatpacking. And, there is a lot of high end boutique shopping. Put that all together and you get a lot of Eurotrash, bridge and tunnel crowd and tourists. I don't really hang out there unless it's someone's birthday and they make me go. It looks horribly bleak in the winter because of the factory buildings and the absence of green. But, the aesthetic is really interesting and pretty cool on a nice day to walk through.
Little West 12th Street is where most of the action is and on the weekends, it is packed. It is impossible to get in and out of there on a weekend night because the cabs are so backed up. And, there are drunk people everywhere. There is a place called Bagatelle that does weekend brunch nightclub so people are already tossed by 3 pm. There are famous restaurants like Pastis and Buddakkan and they're both pretty trendy (still) and pretentious. But, Pastis is actually awful -- I hate to admit it, but Buddakkan is actually really good. I also love Fatty Crab on Gansevoort but that isn't really a "meatpacking" restaurant. That place is the only reason I go into the neighborhood. Oh, and the Apple store on 14th. It's massive but always packed. I want this neighborhood to be great because it is so cool looking. It actually used to be a real meatpacking area but there are only two butcher stores left in the area. There are about ten nightclubs in the place where the rest of them used to be.
The nice thing about the Meatpacking is that there is a lot of space in the restaurants and apartments. Being that the buildings are all former factories, they offer a lot more room than most of Manhattan. The bad thing is that that space is filled with a bunch of dingleberries coming into the city to be part of the scene. It's pretty chaotic there. And, it always looks dirty. If I were to live there, I'd live close to Washington or 9th and south of Little West 12th to try to avoid the noise. And, I would only do so if I found an incredible apartment. It's just not worth the pain.
Pros
  • Industrial but cool looking
Cons
  • noisy especially at night
  • Dismal looking in places
  • Pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
AdamS
AdamS Jenmac as usual, you're advice is amazing. Looking in the West Village, I found very quickly that you just don't get value for money. You really do pay for a nice neighbourhood...not a nice apartment. So it's onto Meatpacking and perhaps Soho. Does Meatpacking get THAT crowded? I find that Soho get's ridiculously busy, and is a bit of a huge turnoff, but haven't seen Meatpacking get too bad?
2yrs+
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Meatpacking District: Up and Coming Small Area with a Lot of Potential"

The Meatpacking District to me was always some place I passed in the car on my way to other parts of town. One can tell you are in the Meatpacking District because it still looks very much like a place where this type of activity would take place. The buildings are all very factory-like looking, some with bays for trucks to pull in, where they used to load and unload their goods. Nowadays though the area is becoming a whole new scene with upscale type bars and restaurants. The prices at some of these places are off the charts and its the "in" thing to be seen there paying over $15 for a cocktail or exorbitant prices for a meal. But just like other parts of NY is the experience that most want, and if you want an eclectic one, then this is the place to be.

Some wonderful restaurants to check out are the Fatty Crab on Hudson Street, the Fig & Olive on 14th Street, and the Old Homestead Steakhouse on 9th Avenue. This area is not really for the stroller, but since you are close to the water you can always walk over and catch some equisite views of the river if you so choose.
Pros
  • Interesting spots to eat and drink
Cons
  • Dismal looking in places
  • Pricey
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Bridge and Tunnel knucklhead kind of crowd"

I'm not a fan of the Meatpacking District whatsoever. It is beyond trendy but not really in the hip NY trendy kind of way -- in the Jersey and foreigner visitor kind of way (no offense to them -- just too much concentrated in one area). The actual aesthetics of the neighborhood is really gritty and desolate. Little West 12th does have cobblestone and there are some quaint restaurants around the area; but they've become so crowded with visitors that they sort of aren't quaint any longer. I feel like only really tacky, flashy people tend to hang out in this neighborhood -- which is an interesting contrast to the fact that there is still a lot of actual meat packing going on in the neighborhood. It's like all these slaughter house kinds of places with super trendy nightclubs bumping house music and flashy European stores lining the sidewalks just across.
There are a couple of redeeming qualities about the neighborhood, though. The Standard just opened up this year, and their outdoor beer garden, although hardly a garden, does have ping pong tables which makes for a great boozy Sunday afternoon when the weather is nice.
The Collective just opened this month (where One used to be) and it is really trendy and really loud but the food is all actually really good and the staff is great. Spotted Pig is on the border of MP and the West Village so I'll count it in order to save the Meat packing some face.
I guess the area is good to go once just to see what it's like but it's not a place I like to frequent and I really really would not want to live here. It's ugly and loud and way too flashy in substance -- or lack thereof. Oh, Brass Monkey is a cool bar with a roof top patio, but that's it.
Pros
  • Apple Store
  • cobblestone streets
Cons
  • Awful people
  • Nightclubs
  • expensive
  • flashy area
  • loud
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Bridge and Tunnel Hipsters Will Like It Here"

The Meatpacking district is on the far west side of Manhattan and runs from West 16th Street south to Gansevoort Street and from the Hudson River east to Hudson Street. I have lived in and around Manhattan my entire life and can count on one hand the number of times I have even ventured near this part of town. The area is dirty and has a desolate quality. The Meatpacking district got its name from the slaughterhouses that were once prominent in the area.

Perhaps the prettiest block is Little West 12th which still has a cobblestone street with some quaint restaurants. Little West 12th is somewhat of a misnomer since the street is anything but little and is ripe with people to see and places to be. One of the most popular venues is the Anja bar (formerly Buddha Bar) which is expensive but offers a wonderful mixture of eclectic Asian decor, hypnotizing music and wonderful food. the experience is sure to bring you back for more.

The area has a good number of other bars and clubs which mostly attract the Bridge and Tunnel crowd. This presents an interesting contrast to the butchers and meatpacking facilities which still exist. Some of the more popular venues include the Collective, a trendy restaurant and bar with great food and friendly staff. The newly opened The Standard has an outdoor beer garden and ping pong tables which make for an interesting combination. The Brass Monkey is a popular hangout with a roof top patio.

There are a few bright spots in an otherwise dismal area. There is an Apple store on West 14th at the junction of 9th Avenue and Hudson Street offers a fun house of computer gadgetry with workshops on how to use most Apple products. The Annual New York Food and Wine festival is held every fall season and is the only festival in new York City to bring together culinary experts form around the world with some of the most well-know television chefs. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the festival go to benefit the hunger relief agencies Food Bank for new York and Share Our Strength. l

Public transportation in and out of the neighborhood is poor. The close strains are the 1, 2 , and 3 on 7th Avenue and 14th Street. You can also catch the A,C,E, and L on 14th and 8th Avenue It is a quick trip out of the city by car since the neighborhood is between the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels and a quick trip up the West Side Highway to the George Washington Bridge. Unfortunately, this very feature is what makes the area so attractive to drug dealers and their New Jersey patrons.
Pros
  • cobblestone streets
  • Busy bar scene
  • Apple Store
  • great bar scene
  • The annual New York Food and Wine Festival which is hosted in the area
Cons
  • expensive
  • Drunken wailing hipsters
  • Now attracts the 'bridge and tunnel' partycrowd
  • Pasts its prime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Slaughterhouse District Turned Hipster Haven"

From a historic standpoint, the Meatpacking District was an area that contained hundreds of slaughterhouses and meat distributors that serviced all of New York and much of the northeast. Today, it is a small area where hipsters from nearby Chelsea, Village, or other areas can congregate to buy the top of the line fashion and then celebrate with some $15 Cosmos at one of the many trendy bars in the area.

Residence here may not be the most expensive in the area but may only be worth it to someone who works in the area or really needs a place to live. The rents are far too high for the level of area this is, the people are rude and at night they form massive lines everywhere. You are right by Chelsea and West Village but that is the only benefit of living here.

For tourists, you will soon realize that the Meatpacking District does not hold on to its historic past and there is little outside of overpriced fashion boutiques and overpriced bars and clubs to check out.

Really, the highlight of the area, and the only reason someone living in Lower Manhattan might actually go here, is the Apple Store. If you want history or better living options, go elsewhere. If you need a new iPod and you're in the area, this is the place.
Pros
  • cobblestone streets
  • Boutique shopping
  • Busy bar scene
  • Apple Store
Cons
  • expensive
  • Awful people
  • Drunken wailing hipsters
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place for a special meal, but not for apartments"

The Meatpacking District of Manhattan is so-called because it was the home of more than 200 slaughterhouses at the turn of the 20th century. Fast forward 30 years ago, and you would find a seedy neighborhood filled with prostitution and drugs. As has been the case with most Manhattan neighborhoods, though, it began to gentrify in the 90s and has become an upscale area with exclusive restaurants like Jean-Georges Vongerichten's fantastic restaurant, Spice Market. In other words, these days, it's a happening 'hood, especially for dining and nightlife.

Part of the new High Line green space is in the neighborhood, and there is also a downtown Whitney Museum in the area. Because of the Meatpacking District's proximity to Greenwich Village, apartments aren't nearly as inexpensive as they once were and are pretty much only available on the fringes of the neighborhood. Most of the area is zoned for commercial use. During the last decade, apartments have gone like hot cakes in this up and coming, trendy area. So, if you want to live there, good luck finding anything at all, let alone something you can afford.

If you're a tourist or a new resident of the city, though, definitely check out this neighborhood. If you can afford a meal, do it because the restaurants include some of the best in the city.
Pros
  • Restaurants
  • Hip and trendy
Cons
  • Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
2yrs+

"Where You'll Find the Bridge and Tunnel Crowd"

Once upon a time, the Meatpacking District was a district of Manhattan that actually revolved around the meat industry. While there wasn't much reason to go there unless you were part of that industry, it was an interesting place - bustling with business, cobblestoned streets, an old-world warehouse environment. Because of the cool mix of quaint cobblestones and industrial background, however, when the meat industry began its move to cheaper locations, trendy clubs and designer stores began setting up camp. For a while, the area reigned coolest in Manhattan: the seedier subcultures that were used to populating the neighborhood clung on while beautiful people started moving in, shopping high end fashions and drinking high end drinks.

When the subcultures left, though, so did any coolness. While there are still stores belonging to some of fashion's greatest - ie, Alexander McQueen - there's little other reason to visit the Meatpacking District unless you want to drink with Bridge and Tunnelers or coked-out wannabe models. Everything is oh so very fabulous here, including long lines behind velvet ropes, $18 cocktails, mini dresses that barely exist and clubs that you'd only bother going to to say you went to. The nightlife isn't actually fun, because if you got caught having fun in one of these lounges, you wouldn't be cool anymore. There might be a cool fashion crowd in these parts, but they're probably hanging out where you can't get in, so you're stuck with the over-gelled Jersey population. Saving graces? The cobblestones are still cute, though you can find them in the West Village and Soho, the Highline is an awesome elevated park worth the visit, Pasti's, while now known by every tourist nationwhide, still serves up pretty delicious food in a Parisian setting and Chelsea Market is a high end take on a food court that is basically amazing, from Jaques Torres chocolates to fresh seafood.
Pros
  • cobblestone streets
  • Boutique shopping
Cons
  • expensive
  • flashy area
  • Awful people
  • Nightclubs
  • Wannabe Carrie Bradshaws
  • Now attracts the 'bridge and tunnel' partycrowd
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Ugly Part Of Town"

The Meatpacking District happens to be a part of the neighborhood that runs from West 14th Street south to Gansevoort Street, and from the Hudson River east to Hudson Street. However, because of construction and remodeling, the area has broadened out to include West 16th Street and beyond Hudson Street.

The only thing this area has going for it are the meatpacking facilities where they take care of the meat that is sold in stores. Otherwise, the place does not have the slightest bit of charm or sophistication.
Pros
  • cobblestone streets
  • Boutique shopping
  • Tons of restaurants
  • great restaurants
Cons
  • expensive
  • Awful people
  • loud
  • Drunken wailing hipsters
  • Now attracts the 'bridge and tunnel' partycrowd
  • Pasts its prime
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Flashy, just plain flashy"

I have serious reservations here. On the one hand, who doesn't like to see the girls in their glitter tops and lip gloss, attended to by their boyfriend of the moment (and they all look alike anyway) strutting up for a night out on the town in the Meatpacking District. On the other hand, the sight gets old pretty quickly. The area has been called “New York's Most Fashionable District,” probably because all the mega-designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Stella McCartney all have stores here, and it's literally impossible to see a woman walking around in heels that are any less than 12 inches. They, like, throw you out of the neighborhood if you don't have the heel height here (No, not really, but it feels that way). I don't know about all that flashy fashionista stuff, and I really don't go for the nightlife scene, which caters to a yuppie crowd that wants to think of itself as edgy and hip (even though it is merely young and rich, not the same thing at all). So the Meatpacking District doesn't impress me much. But I do like the feel of the cobblestoned streets and the former industrial buildings, most of which really used to be slaughterhouses. And I love love love the High Line Park, which begins in the Meatpacking District and carves through Chelsea. I also really love jogging up the footpath that follows the banks of the river and the West Side Highway, but none of those things have much to do with what the Meatpacking District is famous for, which is flashy night-lifers and over-priced drinking. I do take some pleasure in the aesthetics of the ultra-luxury buildings that have sprung up in recent years in this area, all designed by brand name architects. Such places are literally dripping with flashy new-money money, but at least they are aesthetic and a pleasure to gawk at on an afternoon.
Pros
  • great bar scene
  • great restaurants
  • cobblestone streets
Cons
  • flashy area
  • expensive
  • loud
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"For Scenesters and Hipsters only"

The Meatpacking district covers a twenty block area on the extreme Westside of Manhattan. The boundaries of this achingly hip and trendy district extend roughly from the Chelsea Market which is located between W 15th and W 16th streets down to Gansevoort Street.
This gritty and grimy area which has a distinct industrial feel to it was the domain of slaughterhouses and meatpacking outfits ever since 1949 when the Gansevoort Meat Market was established here. Since the late 1990s, however the area has cleaned up somewhat so that it now functions as New York’s premier party district which has within its environs countless designer boutiques and stores as well as many hip and happening restaurants and clubs which are exceedingly popular with tourists and locals alike.

Located in the heart of the Meatpacking district is the stylish, boutique Gansevoort Hotel which is favored by celebrities and the beautiful of New York City, whose rooftop bar is an especially popular hangout spot during the balmy New York summer evenings. Some of the most popular restaurants of the Meatpacking district include joints like Pastis, Bagatelle, Budakkan, Fatty Crabs and Spice Market which are known as much for the food that they serve and the good looking and stylish patrons that they attract. However the newest attraction of Meatpacking district is the newly opened Highline Park which has been created along an old elevated freight rail line that used run from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street.
Pros
  • The annual New York Food and Wine Festival which is hosted in the area
  • cobblestone streets
  • Boutique shopping
  • Busy bar scene
  • Tons of restaurants
Cons
  • Now attracts the 'bridge and tunnel' partycrowd
  • expensive
  • flashy area
  • loud
  • Awful people
  • Drunken wailing hipsters
  • Nightclubs
  • Pasts its prime
  • Wannabe Carrie Bradshaws
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

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