Monday, October 26, 2009

Meatpackers RIP

Back in the early 90s (and for decades prior) the only thing you could find on West 13th were transvestite prostitutes, all night bagel joints, and many meatpackers (who happened to work the same pre-dawn hours as the hookers!). They're all gone now, including this establishment (these pics taken 10/07).
Sweetbreads, pork loins, veal cutlets, brains and clods as far as the eye could see and the nose could smell.
Girls love big eyed critters.
Old metal and girders....noisy rollers would move slabs of meat around the block...now it's all Stella McCartney and leather wearing Europeans looking for the High Line. I prefer the old stench.

22 comments:

Virginia said...

The hookers are still around KM, you'll find em one of these days. Relocation. This place is yet another memory you've saved for ous. You're the best..... you do know that don't you??
V

Goggla said...

I'll have some clods, please!

One of my favorite blocks...always sunny on that corner, despite the ugly monolith that recently went up to the south. Will be sad to see this go...

altadenahiker said...

I don't know which I like more -- the Raymond Chandler prose or the lovely woman petting the cow.

Kitty said...

oh boy. How cool? Are these old photos?

I just heard from friends that there are places in Brooklyn which have live poultry served up for you. Have you heard of this? yikes.

-K- said...

"The Finest Nature Veal" sign should be in a museum.

Cyd said...

Super choices of pics and words.

Can you update the post to say when the pics were taken??? People will want to know.

Luis Gomez said...

These are wonderful. Great photos.

Daryl said...

The hookers moved closer to the tunnel .. West 13th is still a photo op in progress

EV Grieve said...

Love that top photo, Ken.

B SQUARED said...

I agree with you. Sometimes progress, isn't.

Ineke said...

and leather wearing europeans....

dont get me started on prejudices :)

Tanya said...

There was a butch shop around the corner where I grew up, I remember going in with my grandma and the sights and smells of it. They kept the cows out in a pen in the back. I remember the news of a bull getting out when they went to cut his throat and it was running wild through the streets, although I was very young, the story may not have been as large as I remember,lol...now Meat Packers is gone and in it's place is another car dealership.

Tanya said...

I meant to say "butcher shop" not butch,lol

Jacob said...

Wow, this would do in my beautiful vegan wife!

valeria said...

I love this place!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful post !! Loved the shots !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

bARE-eYED sUN said...

ah! . . . love this shot!

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