Meatpacking District

One of the reasons the city never sleeps, Meatpacking District keeps you out past tomorrow’s curfew.

Cobblestone streets and converted brick buildings lend the Meatpacking District an otherworldly ambiance at night, when this neighborhood really comes alive. Short skirts mingle with heavily cologned shirts behind bouncers and velvet ropes to dance and drink until sunrise. By day, Meatpacking District’s myriad boutiques, galleries, and cafes merit exploration. It’s up to you whether or not they merit their price tags!

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On the Map

Meatpacking District is within Manhattan and bordered by West Village and Chelsea

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

JFK Airport: 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Laguardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 17 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 25 minutes by subway

Night Owls and Party Animals

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New York City's Meatpacking District has come a long way from its industrial days as a meat distributor.

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As NYC's destination for ultimate partying, revelers come out to the Meatpacking District in droves, dressed to the nines, and ready to see the sun rise.

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Partiers go to the Meatpacking to be seen. Looking good is as important as where you go and who you know in this legendarily stylized neighborhood.

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 A brilliant location with easy access to Chelsea Market, The Highline Park, subway and no shortage of great eateries within a few minutes."

Desmond

Visited in 2012

Still Stylish: Daytime Diversions

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The Meatpacking District's brunch spots, lunch spots, and lounges open their doors to daytime patrons.

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Hungry from the evening's festivities, customers snag tables along the sidewalk and sip mimosas with their shared entrees.

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From designer boutiques to small-plate eats, the Meatpacking District merits its trendy reputation.

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You'll find fast cars and fancy women in this image-conscious destination.

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We really felt like locals, walking from bar to restaurant to bookshop to cafe to the river to the Highline Park. It was a really awesome point from which to base our New York experience."

Chryss

Visited in 2011

Signature Style In the Meatpacking District

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Urban fashionistas unite in the Meatpacking, a cobblestoned runway set against a conspicuously rusting backdrop.

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In the Meatpacking, dogs step out in style.

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In the Meatpacking, your new purchase matches your sweater.

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In the Meatpacking, you look great on wheels.

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High end clothing stores provide the Meatpacking's evening wear.

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Sip wine at a table straddling The High Line.

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The Standard hotel is raising the bar when it comes to fashionable hangouts.

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...the Meatpacking District of Manhattan [is] minutes walk to great restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. The area is very safe and is always full of taxis. It is less than five minute walk to the subway...The trains will take you all over Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens in a short time. The neighborhood is a great place to visit and is right under Chelsea and right above The West Village."

Origins of the Meatpacking District

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The once-upon-a-time warehouses that previously housed the city's meatpacking industry have been turned into smashingly trendy clubs, negative-space galleries, and ultra-expensive lofts.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.

Kenn Tam

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Born and raised in France, Julia Robbs now calls Brooklyn, NY home. She attended college in Chicago, then moved to Atlanta to study photography before recently settling in what she thinks is the world's best city, New York. She loves capturing quiet details and small moments through her photography, and enjoyed discovering the little nuances that make up each unique neighborhood in NYC while shooting for Airbnb.

Julia Robbs

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