Before the Meatpacking District was the Meatpacking District, it was just somewhere people lived. It wasn't until Gansevoort Market opened in 1879 that the area turned commercial. What started as an open-air produce market evolved into the neighborhood's namesake meatpacking plants. In the 1970s, it got a lot more colorful, kinky, and creative as LGBTQ+ nightclubs sprang up among the factories and slaughterhouses. By the early 2000s, high-end boutiques had joined the neighborhood as well, solidifying its reputation as iconic and highly fashionable. Rather than burying its past, the Meatpacking District celebrates its whole history. Even today, a handful of meatpacking plants and gay bars still thrive in the area. These coexisting, sometimes contradictory chapters create the friction that gives the Meatpacking District its one-of-a-kind spark.