Congratulations to the Whitney Museum of American Art, for breaking ground this past Tuesday on the Gansevoort Street site of their new Museum, set to open in 2015. The Groundbreaking ceremony took place in a tent on the lot of which their new building will be built, and was attended by Mayor Bloomberg and the new building's architect Renzo Piano, along with many of the museums donors, including NYC socialites, celebrities, and art collectors. The ceremony concluded with a live art piece by the Elizabeth Streb dance company, which dumped dirt onto Elizabeth Streb, into which Mayor Bloomberg and museum's director dug shovels and posed for the classic groundbreaking photos. Check out more information on the new building and the ground breaking ceremony from The New York Observer here.
For the fourth year, the neighborhood's finest chefs will partner with the NYC Lab School for TASTES: Meatpacking Meets Chelsea. LAB TASTES is a culinary festival held in the large cobblestone plaza at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District.
Buddakan, Pastis, Spice Market, Red Cat, Macelleria and 21 more restaurants will offer sumptuous fare to benefit the LAB School - a public school right around the corner on west 17th St. Imagine sampling exquisite dishes while supporting a worthy cause. Enjoy a student-led historic tour of the neighborhood and more festivities. What could be better?
LAB School TASTES
Saturday, June 4 | 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Gansevoort Plaza | Gansevoort Street and 9th Avenue
Six Tastes $35 in advance | $45 at the event
Buy tickets at tastesnyc.org
The documentary on shuttered Meatpacking restaurant and legend Florent, is now playing at Cinema Village on 12th Street. The movie features interviews with celebrities and regulars of the restaurant, which was open on Gansevoort Street for over 20 years. Check out NY Magazine's review here, and the film's website here for more info.
In celebration of the groundbreaking for the Whitney's new Meatpacking District location, the Museum will host a Community Day featuring artist-led programs, workshops, and performances for all ages. Programs will be taking place at various venues throughout the neighborhood, are free, and open to the public.
Check out the future site of the Whitney's new building downtown and get information on Community Day activities. Meet the team behind the new building, see renderings of the Renzo Piano-designed building, enjoy free giveaways, snacks, activities for kids, and more. Families, be sure to pick up a free limited-edition guide to explore the Whitney's new neighborhood through the eyes of artist Lize Mogel. Recommended for kids ages 6 to 12, while supplies last. Open to all; no RSVP required.
More info here.
Saturday, 21 May 2011 | 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Whitney New Building Site | Washington and Gansevoort Streets
In anticipation of the High Line's Section 2 opening in June and the Step to the High Line Festival, which is a week long of NY's best Step teams performing on the High Line, the park has released a video. The performers in the video are called Organized C.H.A.O.S., from the Brooklyn Technical High School, and will perform as part of the festival.
Beginning today, Thursday May 12th, the Meatpacking District hosts its sixth annual series of furniture/design exhibits and installations in conjunction with the ICFF. From pop-up exhibits to installations and events in home-design staples like Design Within Reach, Arhaus and Vitra, the Meatpacking District continues to be a home of unique off-site activities during ICFF. The events culminate in a Sunday evening open house, where each installation in the neighborhood opens its doors tot he public to celebrate contemporary furniture and design. Click here for more info.
As the Tommy Hilfiger Prep World Pop-Up House moves on to other cities and leave Gansevoort Plaza, we would love to share this great video of how it was built. Esquire's Style Blog get first look at the 2 minute video of the 2 day installation. Check it out here!
Tommy Hilfiger is launching Prep World, a Spring/Summer 2011 limited edition capsule collection of sixty pieces for men and women. The collection will be housed in a first-of-its-kind Pop-Up house, which will travel to key cities around the globe this summer. Hilfiger invited renowned prep expert Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook and True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World, to join him in the launch of Prep World around the globe.
The Prep World Pop-Up house is designed to resemble an authentic beach house found on the East Coast, with aged shingles, copper gutters and navy window shutters making up the foundation and a pink front door adding the quirky Tommy twist.
The Prep World Pop-Up house's Manhattan outpost will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Each afternoon, fashion editors will host prep workshops and style shoppers in Spring trends.
Located in Gansevoort Plaza
At Little West 12th Street and Ninth Avenue
Open to the public Thursday through Sunday, May 5-8th
Last Thursday night, Diane von Furstenberg was awarded the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal by the Municipal Art Society of New York for her part in the revitalization of the Meatpacking District. As the owner of prime real estate in the Meatpacking District that houses her flagship store and company headquarters, Diane has done a tremendous job preserving her buildings in the neighborhood as well as influencing others to treat neighborhood property similarly. As part of the ceremony, the Chair of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission congratulated Diane as well for her commitment to the neighborhood. More info here at The Thread.