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Could the Garment Center Become the New Meatpacking?

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Known more for fabric stores and seamstresses, the elusive West Thirties has never had much in the way of dining and nightlife. But according to a recent article posted on DNAinfo, the Fashion Center BID (Business Improvement District) has been trying to rope in prospective developers with a letter "trying to sell them on the area's perks, including its 91,000 employees, access to public transportation, and proximity to hubs like Herald and Times squares."

There's also another reason for the push: The Garment Center has been struggling for a while, due to high rents, high manufacture costs, and high competition from manufacturers overseas. So, could it be possible—that another one of Manhattan's manufacturing neighborhoods might be transformed into a place worth going after 10pm? The plus side is that there's no cobblestone over in the Garment Center, so hobbling to a cab in four-inch-heels would be much easier for Meatpacking-types.
· Garment Center Looks to Be the Next Meatpacking District [DNAinfo]
· Designers Rally to Save the Garment Center [Racked NY]
· A Website and Another Panel on Saving the Garment District [Racked NY]