The trendy Chelsea market with its rather high-end food court has been converted into a mall only fairly recently (1990’s). When walking through it, the remnants of its industrial era give it its charm. Some subtle details, like this Oreo Sandwich painting give away the initial function of the building.
In the late 19th century, the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) established its baking facility in the heart of Manhattan, in the Meatpacking district. The butchers’ lard was critical for the making of the cookies, and this is why this spot was chosen. Until 1958, the factory was very active, and the Nabisco facilities were taking up the whole block. Trains could even deliver goods and pick up biscuits within the building thanks to the High Line.
But Chelsea market has been a food trading location for a long, long time. Before New York City was called New York City, the Algonquin Indians were already trading food along the Hudson River, at this location.
Today, these landmarks of the industrial Manhattan are leisure spots, and exploring the Chelsea market to find the perfect lunch to be enjoyed on the High Line is ideal!
Marcella & Claire
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