4. The Flower District

Flower District-Ode a la Rose-Manhattan-Disappaering District-NYCPhotograph by Louis Brunet

The Flower District is located on 28th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues. This area became a magnet for flower and plant businesses likely due to its proximity to Midtown, Madison Square Garden and Macy’s, all a driving force behind recent low cost hotel development. Walking along this stretch of 28th Street among a colorful display of flowers and variety of other plants is a unique experience in this congested area of the city. Unfortunately it has become a popular alternative to higher priced lodging in Times Square. There are still some flower and plant suppliers hanging on, but hotel development is continuing. Check out one shop, Ode à la Rose, for French-style hand tied bouquets with easy ordering and delivery (including to Brooklyn).

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5 thoughts on “8 Disappearing Districts And Neighborhoods of NYC

  1. I agree with seven of your eight examples, but Shoe Row? You’re comparing that pestilence to the Fulton Fish Market and the Garment District? Eighth Street was a perfectly nice thoroughfare with a variety of retail stores and cafes until Shoe Row, as you call it, turned the street into a mini version of West 34 Street. It wasn’t a district so much as a blight. I haven’t walked along that street in years but I’m glad to hear “Most of the shoe businesses have left due to rising rents and lack of customers.” The loss of the Printing District in Soho would have been a better choice, as it was a genuine, albeit inevitable, loss.

  2. South Street Seaport has been destroyed by the greed of the real estate industry and the Bill Deblasio. From the tearing down of the Pathmark and allowing a building that does not fit into the neighborhood is deplorable. From the lifting the deed restrictions on a healthcare building to allow a greedy developer to take it and build unaffordable housing is ridiculous. The causes of these issues stems from REBNY who has bought off every single politician. But, the other issue is the novices in city hall like James Patchett, Dominik Williams and Emma Wolf who’s previous experience is lacky’s for Deblasio, who have never experienced a real estate deal in their lives.

    1. Bill DeBlasio had nothing to do with the loss of the South Street Seaport. This was accomplished over 10 years ago when EDC took control of the area. It was aided and abetted by many local interests including CB1 who did not fight for a historical presence instead of the replacement monstrosity on Pier 15.
      There is no point whatsoever in fudging facts for the purpose of political points.
      David.

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