CMJ Neighborhood Spotlight: West Side

posted by Cultivora on September 24, 2013

Photo: The Standard Highline 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch

New York City -- The West Side neighborhood section of our Official Travel Guide to CMJ Music Marathon is a composite of three west-side neighborhoods: the West Village, Meatpacking District, and Chelsea. The West Village has stayed true to its bohemian past - think quaint boutiques and cafés as well as some of the city’s best jazz clubs and gay bars. Further north in the Meatpacking District, where meat was once actually packed, you’ll find stiletto-clad ladies carefully making their way through cobble-stoned streets to hit the clubs and the late-night dinner scene. You’ll find a similar setting weekends in Chelsea, though the area’s biggest draw remains the art galleries that line each street.

Listed below is just a smattering of what is available in our full Official Travel Guide to CMJ Music Marathon, which is loaded with information about city-wide hotspots. The guide is available for free at select venues throughout New York City, and if you can't pick up a physical copy, you can wait for our digital guide, available October 1. Physical copies will also be available in each CMJ registrant's gift bag. - Laura Baker-Finch

Artichoke (114 Tenth Avenue)
Open until 5am Tuesday through Sunday, Artichoke is popular as a late-night meal among bar-hoppers and club-goers. The pizzeria features one of the largest slices you’ll ever eat: their signature Creamy Spinach and Artichoke slice.

Cafeteria (119 Seventh Avenue)
American comfort food with a contemporary twist is this 24/7 eatery’s specialty, and it’s done well. They have a stacked menu with plenty of all-night options, plus a cocktail menu not to be overlooked.

The Jane Hotel (113 Jane Street)
The Jane has a long history in NYC - it hosted sailors and survivors of the Titanic in the early 20th century as well as rock events in the 80s and 90s. Both pasts are still apparent in the hotel's décor and bohemian influences.

The Standard High Line (848 Washington Street)
This modern hotel rises above the High Line Park and houses some of the best and most exclusive clubs in all of New York City, so it isn't the best choice if you're looking for a quiet weekend away.

Bleecker Street Records (239 Bleecker Street)
With their extensive collection of rock ‘n roll, jazz, R&B, Latin, comedy, and country records, Bleecker Street Records will have you digging in the crates for hours. Keep your eyes peeled for their 99 cent LPs.

Puma Black Store (421 West 14th Street)
Athlete meets fashionista at the Puma Black Store, with guest collections from Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, and Miharayasu. Stop in for some bags, clothes, and, of course, sneakers.

The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street)
Best known for its role in the 1969 Gay Rights Movement, Stonewall Inn is a mainstay in the NYC gay community. Whatever your orientation, stop in for weekday happy hour or their notorious Monday night Drag Queen Bingo.

Employees Only (510 Hudson Street)
Reminiscent of old-fashioned speakeasies, Employees Only serves deftly crafted drinks containing unique infusions such as lavender-scented gin, jalapeño-infused chartreuse, and tea-imbued vermouth.

Chelsea Market (Chelsea Market)
Housed in the factory where Nabisco first sandwiched the Oreo in 1912, Chelsea Market has become a haven for foodies. Restaurants, markets, and speciality food shops line the market's indoor alleyways, where visitors can also find unique boutiques and retail stands.

The High Line (West 13th-34th along 10th Avenue)
A public park constructed on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets along Manhattan’s West Side. The park's railways are interspersed with art installations and gardens, and there are plenty of seats to soak up the views of the city and, across the Hudson, New Jersey.

Venue Descriptions by Laura Baker-Finch and Maressa Levy

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