Meat-Packing Makeover

401 West 14th Street, the site of the trendy Markt restaurant and the venerable Western Beef food shop–and where a nasty fire earlier this month resulted in gas-tank explosions in several cars that were sitting in the building’s parking ramp–was granted a certificate of appropriateness by the Landmarks Preservation Commission this week for a rooftop addition, a new canopy, windows and store infill.

Meat-packing-district old-timers will be saddened to learn that Western Beef, one of the last holdouts from gentrification in the nabe, will be moving out.

-Matthew Grace Meat-Packing Makeover