THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The Garment District is turning around! Well, kind of.
The Fashion Center Business Improvement District released a report last Thursday that showed an economic gain in the dingy hood, Crain’s reported. But the jobs aren’t in fashion, mostly coming instead from art studios, hotels, restaurants and film.
With Fashion Week only a few days away, a flood of big-name designers are relocating from their long-time midtown home. Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Alice + Olivia have all announced plans to leave the Garment District in the past month, according to DNAinfo. The news comes as a further blow to the languishing Garment District, which the city has been trying to rezone for years in fits and starts.
Farewell to All That
In a move that could help revive debate about the future of midtown west’s grungy office stock, Edison Properties wants to build a 407-unit residential tower in the area directly south of Penn Station, currently a no man’s land of cheap office lofts and questionable pizza joints.
The New Jersey-based developer owns a parking lot Read More
A Garment District building that was looking a little tattered around the edges has pulled itself together of late.
“There was not much in the way of capital improvement or concessions and build-out for new space,” Doug Regal of ABS Partners told The Observer. The ownership of the 240,000-square-foot building at 1001 Sixth Avenue, near Read More
Like They Used To
The Garment District, Manhattan’s historic center of haberdashery and hosiery, has seen threats from outsourcing, hotels and office developers, all undermining its manufacturing roots. Now, courtesy The Times “Living In” column, comes word of a stealth invasion from apartment dwellers, as well, whose numbers have risen to a still small 6,000 units, Read More
“What’s scarier, a larger-than-life mural of Prince, or a gaggle of veil-wearing girls celebrating a bachelorette party?” queried a 1999 review of Varick Street retro bar Culture Club.
We’ll soon find out, now that owner Robert Watman is eying a 15,000-square-foot warehouse space in the Garment District, at 20 West 39th Street, DNAinfo Read More
During the boom, it looked as though the city’s storied Garment District would go the way of Radio Row and Ladies’ Mile. (There’s a good reason you probably haven’t heard of them.)
Once home to the most famous names in American fashion and an equal number of workaday brands, the district has dwindled in Read More
Fearless fashion writer Guy Trebay scuba dives into what he describes as a “coral reef” of fashion this morning, and returns with an interesting profile of one building, 347 West 36th Street, as microcosm of the New York garment industry:
HOW is the garment district like a coral reef? A coral reef, as Read More
When beautiful people go looking for beautiful apartments, the garment district is usually the place they go to buy the outfit. But as couture makes way for condos, Sunday’s high-end apartment seekers were exploring a potential new spot to see and be seen checking out 12-foot ceilings.
Pol Theis is not only beautiful people; he’s Read More
In a feat of extraordinary real estate prowess, a building in the Garment District has actually been sold, and for the totally respectable price of $45.3 million.
Said building, 488 Seventh Avenue, rises 13 stories in the Garment District, at 36th Street. The buyers are, according to city records, a group called Torkian International, and Read More