Meatpacking District Showcases its Best at Open Market

Meatpacking District Showcases its Best at Open Market

Sugar Factory was just one of the Meatpacking District restaurants represented at Open Market 2017, providing sweet treats for all. (©Alexander Stein)

The Meatpacking District started its sale season with a bang last Thursday at its fourth annual Open Market. 

Hosts Diane von Furstenberg (fashion designer/fashion icon), Andrew Rosen (co-founder of Theory), Mazdack Rassi (co-founder of Milk Studios and MILK Makeup) and Gary Kline (co-owner and CEO of Highline Stages) headed this Meatpacking District BID block party-meets-swanky sample sale, offering attendees the chance to score great deals on the Meatpacking District’s hottest boutiques, while also enjoying sumptuous sweet and savory culinary offerings from neighborhood restaurants.

Held at Highline Stages—a unique event space designed with innovative artists in mind—proceeds from Open Market go back into the Meatpacking District to promote local businesses and artisans, as well as improve the immediate community. 

Guests ate, drank and shopped the night away as they enjoyed live music by DJs Theophilus London and Coco and Breezy. Edible highlights included mini bottles of rosé champagne from Moët & Chandon, lamb confit from The Wild Son, braised short rib from STK Downtown and sweet treats from Sugar Factory, among others.

This ticketed fundraiser allowed guests to splurge for chic apparel and accessories from some of the Meatpacking District’s top boutiques. From Diane von Furstenberg and Theory to other trendy brands including Trina Turk, Joie and rag & bone, guests enjoyed prices up to 70% off at these and other shops, all in the name of fundraising. 

Manhattan’s Meatpacking District used to be just that—a district of the city, circa the early 1900s, that was home to 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants. Today, the neighborhood embraces its history, while continuing to evolve with the times. An elevated railroad—the West Side Line—that once ran through the area has since become the High Line, an expansive park above the busy New York streets where locals and tourists alike can enjoy greenery, great views and a relaxing place to hang out. Shops-wise, the district began to blossom in the 1990s when fashionable, upscale boutiques—like the aforementioned Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen and others—settled into the area. And two years ago, the Whitney Museum of American Art moved to its new location in the Meatpacking District/West Village at 99 Gansevoort St. (at Washington St.).

Luxury hotels, fine dining, high-end shopping, arts entities, outdoor recreation and the tireless efforts of the Meatpacking District BID continue to make the Meatpacking District a popular and welcoming destination for travelers and locals.

Guests shopped the night away with great discounts on the hottest apparel and accessories from some of the neighborhood's top boutiques. (©Alexander Stein)

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