Urbanspace Meatpacking: A First Food Foray
The latest addition to the Highline, if we can believe the hype, is a pop-up market called Urbanspace Meatpacking - and can you think of a more unlovely name? Well, maybe "pop-up" isn't the right term, it's more like a "sit here for a while," since, as one of the vendors told us, it will be operating in the blacktop parking lot that it now occupies for at least two months. With its mix of jewelry, fashions, and tchotkes, plus an enhanced presence of food, it's like one of those Christmas markets, without Santa.
The market is in the shadow of the Highline, certainly, but getting to the Highline from the market represents something of a tactical difficulty, since no stairway up to the former elevated railroad bed is near. Nevertheless, a friend and I approached the 23 food vendors at the market (out of a total of 80 stalls) with some enthusiasm, since there were ones we liked among them, and others we were curious to try.
Yes, you will find something to love in the eating department, but it's too bad everything is so predictable.
Aren't you a little tired of these pop-up outdoor prepared-food collections? You could almost perfectly predict the mixture of tried-and-true, easy-to-prepare, high-markup viands that are inevitable in this sort of upscale outdoor shopping environment. Lobster roll. Check. Waffles. Check. Hot dogs. Check. Portable Wood-Oven pizza. Check. Ice Cream. Check. Meatballs. Check. Sliders - yes, so many of them that you wonder how someone hasn't told at least one of the vendors that sliders are now hopelessly out of fashion. After you've slid enough - and I have - it's time to say "enuff."