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The Meatpacking District was buzzing when The Meatpacking District Business Improvement District (BID) hosted their annual indoor block party and fundraiser, Open Market, at the Highline Stages.

The event incorporated the hottest neighborhood restaurants and clothing stores under one roof to benefit the Meatpacking District Improvement Association (MPIA). The space was transformed to look almost like a nightclub, complete with music by DJ duo Coco & Breezy, Giphy photo booth and mood lighting.

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This caliber of event is not a surprise as the BID has a who’s who of co-chairs in the area, from Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman of DVFAndrew Rosen, Founder and CEO of TheoryGary Kline, Co-Owner and CEO of Highline Stages and Mazdack Rassi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Milk.

Featured retailers including DVF, Theory, Alice & Olivia, Rag & Bone, Trina Turk and more, were scattered throughout the space, offering merchandise at sample sale prices to partygoers.

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Some food highlights included Bodega Negra at the Dream Downtown’s Tuna Tostada, dressed with chipotle aioli, avocado and crispy shallots. Standard Biergarten’s beer and pretzel offering, Le Song’s melt in your mouth Salmon Confit with orange carrot ginger sauce and Catch’s Catch Roll.

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When it came to desserts, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon’s were visually stunning, as you would expect, Bubby’s had mini versions of their signature sour cherry pie, Ample Hills sampled out two of their favorite ice cream flavors and who doesn’t love Wolffer Estate rosé?!

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Open Market is something the neighborhood looks forward to every year to bring great restaurants, brands and people under the same roof for a great cause.

For more information on Open Market, please visit here!

– Stephanie