The Meatpacking District, on Manhattan's lower west side above Greenwich Village (the "West Village") & below Chelsea, is really what is implied by the name - it used to be an unsavory mix of malodorous slaughterhouses & transgender prostitutes; but more recently it has changed a lot. Only about one tenth of the meatpacking establishments still exist today, to say nothing of the prostitutes; it is perfectly safe these days. But while walking the streets is pleasant, as anywhere in Manhattan, the one world-class sight is the High Line (see that review), a converted elevated freight railroad line, whose southern end is at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. There are also lovely views of the Hudson River from the High - which is, without exaggeration, one of New York's top ten attractions. As everywhere in this city, it is recommended to bring a copy of the architectural guidebook AIA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY.
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