Villa Pacri is about to re-establish Gansevoort Street, opening in the space that previously housed Merkato 55 initially with their ground floor cafe La Gazzetta. The name Villa Pacri comes from the "Villa" inspiration for this concept, which will be a multi (4) level space, each offering a different dinning experience and unique atmosphere; while all tying into a authentic, neighborhood Italian hospitality theme.
Opening July 1st is La Gazzetta, which is the ground floor cafe, with a take-out section of Villa Pacri. La Gazzetta will offer a casual cafe dining experience, with regional ingredients and a neighborly feel. The take-out section will offer coffee, pastries, sandwiches, as well as fine imported Italian products including cured meats, pastas, olive oil, and more. There will also be outdoor seating for warm weather.
The kitchen of Villa Pacri will be led by Executive Chef Michael Berardino, previously Chef de Cuisine of 2 years at Dell' Anima. The interior is done by award-winning French architect Cyril Durand Behar, and La Gazzetta features an amazing centerpiece chandelier composed of 300 wine glasses.
Villa Pacri - 55 Gansevoort Street - (212) 924-5559 - villapacri.com
The NY Times has been given a thorough update on the design of the new Whitney Museum, to be built on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. In hard times for fundraising, the Whitney currently has an advantage with low building costs, and is rushing forward in their process to build the new museum. Renzo Piano, the architect of the new museum is altering the design of the building to cut costs, while trying to meet immense expectations left from the Whitney's original Madison Avenue building's design.
Article and slide show here.
Curbed NY has a major update on the progress of phase 2 of the High Line Park construction, spanning from 20th Street to 30th Street along 10th Avenue. The second section of the park is expected to be open halfway through 2011, check out the update and photo's here.
Wednesday June 16th, there will be a listening party and social gathering at RdV. for recording artist "Jade", from 8-11pm. Complimentary cocktails from 8-9pm, this event will have live music, dj's, and is sponsored by Time Out New York, Hennessy Black, and Suite903 media.
RdV. is located at 409 West 13th Street in the Meatpacking District.
Monday June 21st, experience Interactive Music NY in the Meatpacking District, part of the city-wide Make Music New York Festival. All along 9th Avenue in the Meatpacking District, from Gansevoort Street to 14th Street, experience live performances, outdoor installations, and interactive musical demonstrations.