Celebrating Black Excellence in Meatpacking
February 10, 2021
This February, celebrate Black history, achievements, and entrepreneurship in the District. From experiencing 1960’s Black art in NYC to dining options from the newest chef in the neighborhood, there’s a variety of ways to support your favorite Black-owned and led establishments safely in person or directly online. Here’s our guide to supporting Black creators and culture in Meatpacking.
ARTS + CULTURE
Now on view at White Columns is ‘Still Standing’ the debut solo exhibition by Jeffrey Meris. The title is from a poetry collection by the Bahamian writer, activist, and politician Michael Pintard and the exhibition brings together a group of work produced over the past year in Connecticut. The large-scale, hybrid collage-sculptural works are created from accumulations of loosely-connected rust-stained rags. You can find more information about the exhibition here.
On view at the Whitney, is Working Together, an exhibition that chronicles the formative years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of Black photographers established in New York City in 1963. “Kamoinge” comes from the language of the Kikuyu people of Kenya, meaning “a group of people acting together,” and reflects the ideal that animated the collective. The exhibition, which is on view through March, focuses on the work of founding Kamoinge members from the 1960s and 1970s during the heart of the Black Arts Movement.
Start at Gansevoort Street on the High Line to view Simone Leigh’s Brick House sculpture and Jordan Casteel’s The Baayfalls mural. Brick House, at 30th St. and 10th Ave, is a 16-foot-tall bronze bust of a Black woman with a torso that combines the forms of a skirt and a clay house. The sculpture’s head is crowned with an afro framed by cornrow braids, each ending in a cowrie shell
Just outside the district on 22nd St, Casteel’s mural is “a double portrait of Fallou—a woman Casteel befriended during her artist residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem—and Fallou’s brother, Baaye Demba Sow. The pair are pictured outside the museum at Fallou’s table, where she sold hats she designed. When Fallou’s brother arrived in New York from Senegal, Casteel asked the two to sit for a portrait. The title references Baye Fall, a sect of the Sufi brotherhood Mouride, of which Fallou’s brother is a member. The gesture Fallou makes with her left hand signifies Allah among members of Baye Fall.”
The Standard Hotel
Throughout the month of February, The Standard Hotel will be celebrating Black History Mont with movies that share Black stories, feature Black leads, or are directed by Black filmmakers for their Flix in the Forest series. See the full lineup here and make a reservation to reserve your spot.
Intersect by Lexus
On the second floor of IBL is a full-service restaurant that features a rotating lineup of Global Chefs-in-Residence that introduces a new dining concept every four to six months. Right now the chef in residence is Chef Mashama Bailey. Based in Savannah, Georgia, The Grey, Bailey’s restaurant, is set in a former Greyhound bus terminal and was founded in partnership with Johno Morisano. The food “taps into all of her experiences to create dishes that are deep, layered, and soulful in their flavors. With a penchant for regional produce, seafood, and meats, her style of cuisine is a melting pot of surprising and comforting tastes with something new and revealed each time.” A rotating three-course menu that changes on a weekly basis is available for takeout and delivery.
Located in Chelsea Market, Tings is a small home-style Jamaican kitchen serving jerk chicken, oxtail, patties, & fresh juice. Grab the jerk chicken, which comes with pineapple chutney and rice, all for $13.50
Zach and Zoë Sweet Bee Farm
An office (and Oprah) favorite, Zach & Zoë is a family-owned and operated honey shop. After looking for a natural way to alleviate allergies for their son Zach, the Johnson’s turned to beekeeping as a way to do so. They learned that honey is a nutrient-packed food containing enzymes, minerals, and vitamins that our body uses to stay well, plus it’s tasty. From their original wildflower honey to their more unique flavors like matcha you’ll have no shortage of honey options. Want to find out more about Zach & Zoë? See more here from our District Profile with Summer Johnson.
T.A. is a contemporary concept store that carries women’s clothing sourced from Tbilisi, London, Paris, Peru, Milan, South Korea, LA, New York, and more. This store is the epitome of cool and there are no wrong items to purchase For more about the Owner, Telsha Anderson, see here.
The Standard Shop
Shop Black-owned businesses at the The Standard’s Shop. Specialty products include items from Brandon Blackwood, Estelle Colored Glass and Antwaun Sargent Books, with 100% of sales going to each brand.
If you are looking for more Black-owned businesses to support, we’ve created a list of businesses in Lower Manhattan for some of your eating, shopping, and fitness needs.