6. The Park
The Park, a former 10,000-square-foot taxi garage is known for its lush atmosphere and innovative food fare (banana wontons, anyone?). Designed and built by Eric Goode and Sean Macpherson, the multi-chambered restaurant was opened in 2001. To differentiate themselves from other restaurants in the area, the duo aimed to introduce massive L.A. lounge-style dining to the area. Fun fact: Waiters don uniforms with the New Yorks City Parks Department logo on their t-shirts.
All this being said, the repurposing of transportation space is not new. The carriage house, the former abode for horses in the 19th century, was perhaps the first wave of such conversions. These stable-turned-houses are consistently in high demand, and many have been converted into luxury condos and office space.