City Living: Garment District
Once the textile and fashion hub of New York City, the Garment District is now changing rapidly as more businesses from industries outside of fashion are moving in.
From advertising agencies and architecture firms to creative workspaces, tech, graphic design and lighting companies, the Garment District is now saturated with a new kind of creative buzz.
It is one which Garment District Alliance President, Barbara Randall says makes the area a very exciting place to be right now.
Its changed dramatically over the last five years, she said. It used to be a neighborhood that closed at 6 p.m. and everybody went home. Now with the mix of businesses in the buildings, it goes much later into the evening.
Randall notes that 146 architectural firms and more than 100 tech companies in addition to advertising agencies like Razorfish and R/GA are attracting an influx of young professionals, new restaurants and bars.
Over 50% of the tenancy here is non-fashion now, she said, noting that many of the new tenants are small businesses with anywhere between five and 35 employees.
It hasnt been replaced with H&M or The Gap, Randall said. As you walk through the streets youll see interesting new uses of buildings by more independent companies. And a fair number of folks from the fashion industry are still here.
Places like M&J Trimming, which has been in the neighborhood since the 1960s and specializes in the sale of ribbons, buttons, crystals and other DIY products still remain along with other bead shops on Sixth Avenue and fashion showrooms and wholesale outlets down the side streets.
Michael J. Cohen, owner of M&J Trimming at 1008 Ave. of the Americas says he likes the transformation.
Its still authentic even with the new businesses, he said. Its good for people looking for something offbeat and grounded.
-- LISA FRASER
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