the quintessential 24-hour neighborhood. in 1884 new york city established a bustling outdoor food market called the gansevoort market, named after general peter gansevoort, a revolutionary war hero and the grandfather of herman melville. in 1949, the gansevoort meat center opened. today, the meatpacking district is a 20 square block, 24-hour neighborhood on the west side of manhattan, flanked by chelsea market to the north and gansevoort street on the south.
alongside the meatpacking plants — fashion designers, graphic designers, writers, architects, artists and photographers have created a destination for design, architecture, fashion, salons, fitness centers and luxury boutiques. restaurants and nightlife venues create an up-all-night vibe about the neighborhood.