The Meatpacking District is a mecca of design-forward restaurants, bars, clothing boutiques, galleries, and artists' residences in a neighborhood formerly known for its meat warehouses. Today glitter and guts live side by side on the West Side of Manhattan, south of Chelsea. The upscale neighborhood centers around innovative design, yet still maintains its original charm with historical brick buildings and cobblestone streets. It's a favorite of both locals and tourists.
The newest addition is the High Line, NYC's must-see "park in the sky". It's an urban oasis built on elevated train tracks which offers previously unseen views of the Meatpacking buildings. Stroll the High Line path to view vibrant graffiti and get a peek into the homes of people whose apartments abut the park! A self-guided walking tour is available on www.meatpacking-district.com.
The 18-story The Standard hotel (entrance pictured above) represents the sharp, chic style of the neighborhood. Built directly over the High Line, this André Balazs property offers outstanding views of the park and the Hudson River. The Standard features include a biergarten, ice skating rink, rooftop bar, complimentary bikes, disco and The Standard Grill. Base yourself at this glamorous hotspot to soak in all this neighborhood has to offer.
848 Washington Street www.standardhotels.com/high-line