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Retail Drama Replaces Hog-Butchering in the Meatpacking District

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A little worldwide recession isn't enough to tarnish the allure of the Meatpacking District, according to today's Post, which points out that investors just bought the four 19th century buildings at 21-27 Ninth Avenue, across the street from the Gansevoort Hotel. The developers plan to preserve the buildings, at least from the outside—the inside was once a hog-butchering operation—and dedicate them to stores worthy of the neighborhood. Says their VP of acquisitions: "We will shore up the façades, demolish the interiors, and create an entirely new building with a dramatic retail presence." We're not sure that area is exactly lacking in drama, but we're excited to see what comes in.
· Hog-Wild on Ninth [NYP]

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