Photo by myself at 13th Street and Washington, in the Meatpacking District.
The area known as the Meatpacking District is photogenic in its own way.
This neighborhood used to be desolate, lined with large warehouses and the occasional bar. In as late as 2003, there were still slaughterhouses here. Now there is a mix of very high end boutiques and restaurants.
Every neighborhood has a BID, or Business Improvement District. Businesses unite and contribute money to improve the streets by adding signage and street furniture. Events are scheduled. Graffiti is removed.
New York is commerce driven. The more inviting the streets are, the more customers are likely to visit your store and the more sales will result. And so on.
I posted about BIDs earlier, here.
Related posts: The Truth in Advertising, in the East Village, Pasted Up, in the Meatpacking District and Abandoned Lot, East Village.