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Meatpacking District?

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Meatpacking District?

What are all of the districts about theatre, meatpacking, and etc?

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1. Re: Meatpacking District?

What do you mean, what are they about? The theater district is the west 40s-50s where the theaters are (and a lot of the hotels and restaurants). The meatpacking district is in Greenwich village and used to actually be where the slaughter houses were. As the meat processing left the city, these warehouses were left vacant and some clever pioneers opened restaurants there. Little by little, others followed including Stella McCartney who has a boutique there. It had become the super trendy area. There are those (NY Magazine) saying it's so trendy, it's not any more. Go see for yourself. Some very good rest. there including Spice Market, Markt, Pastis, Vento...

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2. Re: Meatpacking District?

thats what i wanted to know thanks!

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There's actually a lot more to your question than you even realize.

Historically, New York has consisted of so-called good residential neighborhoods (e.g. upper east side) and bad residential neighborhoods, such as Alphabet City and Hell's Kitchen. The bad residential neighborhoods tended either to be populated by poor people, or were unpopulated former industrial neighborhoods (e.g. meatpacking) district.

Because of low rents and available large spaces in former manufacturing lofts, artists and writers and musicians, part of the lifeblood of New York, tended towards such neighborhoods. It's how Greenwich Village got its start. Invariably, because of these creative people, the neighborhood would improve somewhat and that set the stage for a process known as "gentrification." This meant that because these properties suddenly were becoming valuable, landlords either raised rents or turned the spaces into co-ops or condos. Of course, the artists, writers, musicians and low income people could no longer afford to live there and were replaced by yuppies, Wall Street types, corporate execs, lawyers, etc., who were the only ones who could afford to now live here. The neighborhood suddenly became "trendy" and boutiques and cute food restaurants opened. The artists, writers and musicians would move on to newer, cheaper surroundings until the process would repeat itself again. This is what happened to the upper west side. In addition, Hell's Kitchen became Chelsea, Alphabet City became the East Village, part of Little Italy and Greenwich Village became SoHo, and the area north of Houston Street became NoHo. The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is undergoing this transformation right now. The Park Slope section completed it about 10 years ago. The poorer folks, the creative types and others who lived there have been displaced, thanks to "trendiness."

That's how what is today known as the trendy meatpacking district got that way.

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I love you, Ruff. But Hell's Kitchen became Clinton!

And you left off TrBeCa and NoLiTa.

Also, when I grew up on the Lower East Side, it extended all the way up to 14th Street. Then some real estate wizard discovered it was easier to rent properties in the "East Village" than the Lower East Side, and thus another neighborhood was created. I had an apt. on St. Mark's Place many years ago, and even today I think of the area as the Lower East Side.

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Actually, we're both right.

Hell's Kitchen at one time extended from 57th Street on the north down to about where the Javits Center stands today and from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River. It was predominantly Irish and was home to families whose husbands worked on the docks as longshoremen. When it became gentrified, the northern portion of it became Clinton, the southern became Chelsea. Either way, most of the families are gone, as are the Mom & Pop stores that dotted the place.

As for Tribeca (yuk) and Nolita...I choose not to recognize their existence.

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6. Re: Meatpacking District?

the meatpacking district is "out"

Go to Williamsburg

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7. Re: Meatpacking District?

Thanks! Great answer, as usual.