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History of the Garment District

One of the joys of New York City is living in one of the world’s fashion meccas. From New York Fashion Week to the street style on display year-round, the city exudes flair and inspiration. Even for the not-so-sartorially inclined, New York is rife with character, architecture, and glamor fit to make each sidewalk feel like a glittering, star-studded runway. Perhaps no neighborhood is as steeped in the lore of New York’s fashion history as the Garment District, known today as the Fashion District.

Residents of the NYC luxury rentals at 555TEN are at the center of this veritable fashion hot spot. 555TEN’s glistening 56-story tower is a recent addition to the skyline, which has been shaped by its relationship to the fashion industry for over a century. The origins of the Fashion District’s current locale date from the early 20th century, when the garment industry moved from Downtown Manhattan to Midtown, and manufacturers resettled in commercial loft buildings closer to department stores along Fifth Avenue. Today, the area is still the site of dozens of businesses that are part of the fashion industry—from fabric and design stores to merchandising operations—and employs tens of thousands of workers in related fields.

The district itself changed with a changing city. Garment workers were able to commute to the area from residential areas in the outer boroughs with the introduction of the new BRT subway line in 1918, which brought service along Broadway, while proximity to Penn Station brought purchasers directly into the area. By the 1920s, the Garment District would transform yet again via new cooperatives like the Co-Operative Garment Center Buildings, which changed the once-seedy area into a desirable residential destination and the fastest growing area for development and construction in the city.

With the district thriving, and space at a premium in the Fashion District, new architectural landmarks came along—upward like the Arsenal Building—to reshape the skyline. As with the rest of the city and the country, the Fashion District faced radical change during World War II. To bolster the city during the country’s wartime recession, the garment union and fashion industry members established the New York Dress Institute to champion New York-based fashion design, sales, and production and to transform the city into a world fashion capital. Another enduring fashion landmark was established in 1944: the Fashion Institute of Technology and Design.

Though manufacturing is no longer central to the Fashion District’s activity today, the marquee names in American fashion, like Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren, still hold property in the district, as major fashion houses have historically showcased their designs in showrooms in the area. The Fashion District also continues to attract fashion industry workers, artists, and designers and has allowed its vibrant past to flourish into the present. And for 555TEN residents, that means a walk through the neighborhood can be a source of fashion inspiration each day.

Contact the 555TEN leasing team to find your new luxury apartment rental in Midtown West, high in the sky but just around the corner from almost everything!

Dog-Friendly Amenities That’ll Have Your Best Friend’s Tail Wagging

Got a four-legged friend who constantly needs impressing? The amenities at 555TEN are so dog-friendly, their tail will never stop wagging. This part of Midtown Manhattan has some pooch-perfect shops and facilities, too. It’s time we went for walkies.

Parks on Your Doorstep

When you live at 555TEN, you are surrounded by pocket parks that are wonderful for dog walking. Both DeWitt Clinton Park and Bryant Park are just 15 minutes from these Midtown rentals. Then, there’s Hudson River Park — ideal for a bracing waterfront stroll — which is equipped with a dog run, where your furry friend can be let off the leash, meet new pals, and chase tennis balls to their heart’s content. 

Covered Outdoor Dog Park

There are times when you and your pooch would rather not stray too far for your morning exercise — especially when you get to the chillier, wetter end of the year. That’s when 555TEN’s covered outdoor dog park comes into its own. Without even leaving your Midtown NYC apartment building, you can play all your favorite games together, and never feel a drop of rain. 

A Spot of Shopping

It’s not just you who needs retail therapy from time to time — your dog does, too. Within a few minutes’ walk of your Midtown West apartment, there are plenty of great little boutiques to keep your furry friend happy. Buy the cutest puffer jackets and quilted coats from Dog & Co. Find Philly cheesesteak dog treats at Zoe’s. Pick up snazzy leashes and a snuggly new bed from Spoiled Brats. 

A Trip to the Museum

When we say Midtown Manhattan is devoted to dogs, we really mean it. Just 15 minutes on the subway from 555TEN gets you to the AKC Museum of the Dog. Here, you can peruse paintings of pooches, learn about the lives of working dogs, and even find out which breed you yourself would be! Something to bear in mind: Your own pooch can’t come in. Better book them that blueberry facial instead.

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