Not too far from the bright lights of Midtown Manhattan, the Garment District and Hell’s Kitchen neighborhoods offer visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and food. Whether you only have a few hours or a full day to explore the area, here are a few points of interest you may want to check out.
WHAT TO SEE
Needle and Button Sculpture
In the heart of the Garment District, the Needle and Button sculpture pays homage to the history of manufacturing in the city and is an information kiosk. As a bonus, only yards away, you’ll also be able to see Judith Weller’s world-famous sculpture, “The Garment Worker.”
553 7th Ave., New York, 10018
7th Avenue Architecture
Stroll along 7th Avenue, tilt your head back, and absorb the elegant architecture. From spare hotels that were originally intended for garment workers to ornate lofts, many of the buildings were erected more than a century ago to accommodate the booming garment industry.
Fashion Walk of Fame
While there’s a lot to see above you on 7th Avenue, be sure to look down when you reach the Fashion Walk of Fame. Peruse the bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk and read about the industry’s most influential players.
7th Avenue from 35th St. to 41st St., New York, 10018
WHAT TO DO
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
Fashion hunters, celebrities, and designers alike flock to the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market for the latest and greatest collections from local artists, one-of-a-kind antiques, jewelry, and more. Cash can make haggling easier, so find an ATM before you go.
W 39th St. at 9th Ave., New York, 10018
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Hudson River Park — Pier 96
Pier 96 offers a great view of the Hudson River and engaging water activities, festivals, and public events. You can also head down to Pier 86 to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, W 46th St. & 12th Ave., New York, 10036
WHERE TO EAT
Looking for a place to grab a quick drink or meal? Here are a few restaurants that may interest you:
Beer Authority NYC, 300 W 40th St., New York, 10018
Sardi’s, 234 W 44th St., New York, 10036
Wafels & Dinges, 102 West 35th St., New York, 10001
From top steak houses to farm-to-table, high-end cuisine, these neighborhoods don’t disappoint when it comes to delivering acclaimed fine dining options. Here are just a few:
PRINT. Restaurant, 653 11th Ave., New York, 10036
II Punto Ristorante, 507 9th Ave., New York, 10018
Keens Steakhouse, 72 W 36th St., New York, 10018
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