When it comes to unusual names, few can compete with Meatpacking District! But as you’ve probably guessed, there’s logic to it. In fact, the neighborhood is named after the hundreds of slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants that used to operate in the area.
Now a chic and trendy suburb in the heart of Manhattan, the Meatpacking District has gained popularity over the last few decades fueled by high-end fashion shops, fantastic dining options, swanky bars, and its cobblestone streets chock-full of history.
Sure, it’s expensive, but it’s pretty difficult to beat this ideal location! Indeed, this buzzing neighborhood is located on the far west side of Manhattan along the Hudson River. It is bordered by the upscale suburbs of Chelsea to the north and the West Village to the south.
In the late 1800s, the area became a commercial district named Gansevoort Market. Many row houses and townhouses were built in the 1840s to accommodate the increasing demand. By 1900, the area was home to over 250 slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants. The district thrived, and by the 1930s, over a third of America’s meat supply was packed in the neighborhood. Hence why the suburb was named Meatpacking District shortly after. The construction of single residences was replaced with the building of multiple-family dwellings. In the 60s, the once flourishing industrial and commercial neighborhood started to decline due to the advent of supermarkets and new meat logistic patterns.
Yet, by the end of the 1990s, visionary developers purchased blocks of land and started to build new luxury developments. High-end fashion shops began to sprout along with trendy bars, upscale restaurants, nightclubs, galleries, and museums.
With such a 360-degree transformation, it’s no wonder the former slaughterhouse district area has become so desirable and expensive!
Many high-end designer boutiques have opened their doors in the area over the last few decades. If you’re a shopping addict, you’re in for a treat! Diane von Furstenberg, Hermès, Christian Louboutin, Zadig & Voltaire, The Kooples, they’re all present in this fashion haven.
The glamorous area also boasts an eclectic food scene. One of the most iconic places includes Bagatelle and their creamy Croque Madame or indulgent Bagatelle XXL banoffee pancake.
For over-the-top cocktails, head to Sugar Factory or book a table at the Top of the Standard bar for 360-degree views of the city. Chelsea Market is also a paradise for food lovers. The market hosts 35 food vendors offering amazing specialties from all around the world, ranging from tacos and brownies to noodles and pizzas.
The nightlife in the area is also fantastic. Many live music venues and clubs are located in the district, and the Chelsea Music Hall is a great spot if you want to see a concert, DJs, or theater performances.
Love to spend an afternoon in a museum? The Whitney Museum of America was recently relocated to the Meatpacking District. This impressive museum features a collection of over 22,000 modern and contemporary American artworks.
If you feel more like a walk in nature, soak in the views of Manhattan and the Hudson River from High Line, an elevated artsy greenspace in the heart of the district.
Yes, what we love about this neighborhood is that it caters to all tastes and cravings.
Transit and Real Estate
Because of its desirable location, you can literally walk from the Meatpacking District to Wall Street in 50mn and reach the Rockefeller Center in 45mn. There are also several buses serving the area.
The subway lines 1, A, E, F, L stop near the Meatpacking District. The closest subway stations are 14 St/ 8 Av, 14 St, and 18 Street station.
The ferry connects Hoboken in New Jersey to 14th Street in the Meatpacking District.
There is so much happening when it comes to real estate and new developments. It’s an exciting market for buyers and sellers alike. Indeed, several redevelopments have happened over the last few years, such as the construction of the High Line, Pier 57, The Whitney Museum, and the addition of 600,000 square feet of commercial real estate.
As you probably expected, these redevelopments and new amenities have increased the area’s appeal and pushed the price up over the last few years. And yet, the inventory is short due to the central location and incredible lifestyle the area has to offer.
Home sale prices range from $385k for a studio to $53 million for a luxury condo and anything in between! If you’re looking to rent, the average rental price for a 1-bedroom apartment in the Meatpacking District is $3,238.
Tons of dining and shopping options, safety, walkability, and excellent public transport have turned the former meatpacking neighborhood into a highly desirable suburb providing its residents with a work-hard-play-hard lifestyle.