Prime Rib: Laura Bohn’s Neighborhood

I live on the eastern edge of the Meatpacking District, on the southwest corner of Eighth Avenue and 14th Street, in what was the New York County Bank Building. It’s a neo-classical temple with Corinthian columns and Beaux-Arts touches, designed in 1907 by  DeLemos & Cordes, the architects of Macy’s on 34th Street. My building stands directly across the street from the former New York Savings Bank on the northwest corner. Built in 1897, it’s a Roman temple of white Vermont marble capped by an impressive copper dome. (It once housed Balducci’s but is now a CVS.) The A.I.A. Guide to New York City notes that the two bank buildings are “a rare occurrence for this city: a pair of classically inspired sentinels guarding the western corridor of 14th Street” leading to the Meatpacking District or, as it’s officially known, the Gansevoort Market Historic District.

N.Y. County National Bank Building - 14th Street and 8th Avenue

Laura Bohn lives in the former New York County National Bank Building at 14th Street and 8th Avenue, the beginning of the Meatpacking District.

The 1897 New York Savings Bank 81 8th Avenue

The former New York Savings Bank stands across the street from Laura’s building, creating “a pair of classically inspired sentinels guarding the western corridor of 14th Street” and the Meatpacking District beyond.

The Meatpacking District is definitely a hotbed of trendy fashion and design stores. Some of my favorites include Jeffrey New York, Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vitra.

Jeffrey New York in the Meatpacking District

Jeffrey New York (twin to an Atlanta location) at 449 West 14th Street is a swank mini-department store that features runway-hot men’s and women’s wear in a cool warehouse space.

Alexander McQueen store, Meatpacking District, New York, Robert Wright for The New York Times

The Alexander McQueen store at 417 West 14th Street continues to be a high fashion Mecca despite the death of the extraordinarily talented designer in 2010. Photograph by Robert Wright/New York Times

Diane von Furstenberg's stunning glass-roof penthouse atop the DVF Flagship Store

Diane von Furstenberg’s stunning glass-roof penthouse apartment, designed by Work Architecture, atop the DVF  Studio Headquarters and flagship store at 874 Washington Street. 

Vitra Design Store, Meatpacking District, New York

Vitra at 29 Ninth Avenue features a mouthwatering selection of contemporary and classic furniture and design produced by the fabled Swiss company.

The Meatpacking District is also a great place to get a meal or have a drink. Among my favorite restaurants are Pastis and Spice Market.

Pastis Restaurant, Meatpacking District, New York

Pastis, a buzzy French bistro located at 9 Ninth Avenue, is the farthest west outpost of restaurateur Keith McNally’s ever-expanding Manhattan empire. 

Spice Market, Meatpacking District, New York

Spice Market at 403 West 13th Street is super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s delectable take on Southeast Asian street cuisine served in a wonderfully rich and colorful Far East-inspired interior by designer Jacques Garcia. 

Like ever other New Yorker, I’m just crazy about the High Line. It has transformed the Meatpacking District, where it starts, and because the High Line is so popular, like Central Park it’s the ultimate place for people watching. It’s the best public design space ever and I can’t stop marveling over it!

The High Line, Meatpacking District, New York

The High Line—the public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side—starts in the Meatpacking District and wends its way north. Opened in 2009, it’s already a hugely popular facility that New Yorkers can’t believe they ever did without.