The evolution of New York's far west side from industrial area to recreational hub
The far west side of Manhattan was associated with meatpacking facilities, factories, and railyards for a century, however today this area has become a microcosm of the vast changes, both for better and worse that the city is undergoing in 21st century. Gentrification at its peak, this area no longer represents blue-collar opportunity, but luxury apartments, extravagant hotels, hot clubs, fine dining, and the ultimate instagrammable experience.
We'll start in the meatpacking district and walk through Chelsea Market, the old Nabisco factory where the oreo cookie was invented and the new chic food hall owned by Google. From there we'll hop on the Highline, and walk the converted elevated railroad which today is an elegant park filled with eco-friendly gardens, sculptural art, and intoxicating views. Along the way we'll discuss the meatpacking district, the titanic and immigrant arrivals of old, real estate prices, Chelsea Piers, art galleries, LGBTQ activism, Clement Clarke Moore's "Twas The Night Before Christmas" and more. We'll wrap up at Hudson Yards, the largest and most ambitious private real estate project since Rockefeller Center.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Corner of 9th Avenue and West 15th Street
Duration: 2 hours
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 USD - Some cash on hands for possible food tastings, or a coffee break along the way.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.