Meatpacking District / May 19-20th, 2012

The Salon des Refusés 2012 took place on May 19-20th at the corner of 9th Ave. & 14th St.

Quib History: As for it’s neighborhood, today known as the Meatpacking District, which runs roughly from West 14th Street south to Gansevoort Street, and from the Hudson River east to Hudson Street, it has experienced the many transformations that NYC neighborhoods have seen through the eras.

In the mid-19th Century, before becoming part of Greenwich Village, today’s Meatpacking District was a vacation spot for New-York residents. Rowhouses began going up around 1840 and by mid-century, freight yards and heavy industry mixed with the residential.

After the Civil War, industrialization increased – an elevated railroad line went up and two new markets started – fresh produce and meat. By1900, 250 slaughterhouses! The High Line elevated freight line began construction in 1929.
The area’s decline began around the 1960s, but meatpacking continued to be the major activity in the neighborhood through the 1970s. At that time. a new “industry”, nightclubs catering to a gay clientele began to spring up. It also became a center for drug dealing and prostitution, many under the direct control of the Mafia and NYPD protection rackets.

Beginning in the late 1990s, the Meatpacking District began a transformation. High-end boutiques catering to young professionals and hipsters opened, and by 2004, New York magazine called the Meatpacking District “New York’s most fashionable neighborhood”. In September 2003, after three years of lobbying by preservation groups, the city established the Gansevoort Market Historic District. In 2009, the High Line opened to great reviews. The Whitney Museum of American Art announced it would build a Renzo Piano-designed home in the Meatpacking District.