This former industrial center used to be made up largely of slaughterhouses, meatpacking plants, and scores of open-air meat markets. Today, the neighborhood is better known for its high-end boutiques and restaurants. Although the Meatpacking District has changed significantly over time, its past remains evident. As you wander the cobblestone streets, you’ll find facades from former meat lockers, and even a few meat packers still operating in the area.
The best way to learn about the neighborhood’s transformation is to explore with a guide. Walking tours of the Meatpacking District often include visits to the High Line elevated park and nearby Chelsea Market. Sex and the City–themed tours also usually stop by the district, the setting for several memorable scenes from the TV show.