Every summer, the Garment District Urban Garden makes a short stretch of Midtown a little greener. Nineteen birch trees, a public lawn and a 400-foot road mural of colorful leaves, birds and Caribbean waves, give the two blocks of Broadway between 39th and 41st Streets the feel of an outdoor garden. It’s an ideal spot to meet a friend for lunch at UrbanSpace Garment District, take a free fitness class or just soak up the sun.
Once the largest clothing-manufacturing center in the world, the Garment District has recently reinvented itself as one of Midtown’s coolest areas. Though the area between 34th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 9th Avenues still produces plenty of clothes, it’s no longer teeming with factory workers pushing racks of couture and well-heeled stylists scoping out the latest fashions. Today, the Garment District is a bustling, vibrant part of New York that offers an array of exceptional dining, art, unbeatable rooftop views, and more. Take these seven Garment District hotspots, for example: Each offers something you won’t find elsewhere in Midtown, from vintage comic books to stunning views of the the NYC skyline. Whether you’re looking for a high-end cup of coffee or cutting-edge art exhibition, you’ll find the respite you crave at one of these seven Garment District oases.