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Our chic UrbanSpace Meatpacking Market is heading into its final weekend – the last day is Sunday, October 28th – and what better way to send it off into the sunset than with a spotlight on Erin Kestenbaum’s gorgeous photographs of the space?

Erin recently spent an afternoon at the market, and documented her experience with her trusty camera.  We’ve included our favorite shots below, and you can scroll through all of them here on Erin’s Blog.

Cheers to a fabulous two months at UrbanSpace Meatpacking!  Visit us under the Highline at 13th & Washington before it’s too late!

-The UrbanSpace Blog Squad

 

 

Check out our interview with Khahlidra Levister, Executive Vice President of 4food, one of our amazing vendors at UrbanSpace Meatpacking. They are revolutionizing fast food! Check them out at the market, located at 860 Washington Street!

How and when did 4food start and what was the inspiration?

Conceived of an idea for healthy fast food in the 1990’s, Adam Kidron and Michael Shuman opened 4food in September 2010. The idea was inspired by an unexpected encounter with a gentleman who served as the head Product Development for a major fast food chain. To see the story unfold:

What’s your mission?

We are De-junking™ fast food: No fads, fillers, or anything artificial; revolutionizing counter culture, in real-time. We’ve upgraded foods that people already eat – burgers, fries, salads, and sodas – transforming them into new menu items that are convenient and almost infinitely customizable to our guests’ lifestyles and nutritional preferences. Our foods do not contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats or oils; artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial flavor enhancers. As part of our commitment to supporting our local farming community, wherever possible we purchase locally grown ingredients. Our beef, pork, and lamb come from cows, pigs, and sheep that are humanely raised while grazing and eating all-natural vegetarian diets. Our turkey is fed a heritage diet without artificial growth hormones or antibiotics. Our salmon is wild, from the waters of the Pacific or Atlantic depending on the season.

4food is De-junking™ more than fast food. Our restaurant is built with natural construction materials, such as local sustainable hardwood pine, that are abundant and regenerative. To reduce our carbon footprint we utilize energy-saving fixtures and equipments, such as solar shades to control interior temperatures and the expenditure of electricity. In addition, our kitchen employs an Orca Green® self-contained bioreactor that decomposes food and biodegradable waste into water, drastically reducing our contribution to the city’s nearly one million tons of waste produced each year.

What’s your most popular food item?

The hands down crowd favorite is the Mac Daddy, which we will be featuring at the Market. It’s a juicy beef (W)holeburger stuffed with creamy Mac & Cheese, topped with crispy pancetta and housemade BBQ Sauce.

What’s your morning routine?

I wake up to “Fun, Fun, Fun” of the Despicable Me Soundtrack; walk my French Bulldog Frankie around Gramercy Park; jump into my drag and hit the 6 train!

Favorite place in NYC?

The Conservatory Garden at Central Park.

Favorite vacation spot?

Vacation? What’s that?!

Hot Blondies Bakery is a cutting edge online dessert boutique started by two office ladies who ditched their drab desk jobs and followed their instincts to create the tastiest blondies and brunettes in New York City. Hot Blondies are available online and at UrbanSpace Meatpacking, our latest food and fashion market. Read on to learn how these inspirational women fulfilled their dreams:

When and how did Hot Blondies start? What was the inspiration?
When we first met at our previous lackluster desk jobs, we were both looking for something to do that spoke to both of our passions. When Lorin started bringing her Blondies into the office, we were struck by a realization. We realized that the Blondie was a highly under-appreciated baked good, and that no other company in NYC, or even the country, that we could find, focused solely on this delicious, buttery bar. So, thus inspired, we came up with the concept of Hot Blondies Bakery. And the rest is history.

What is your mission?
To bring all natural, hand-baked, gourmet Blondies & Brunettes to dessert lovers everywhere. And in fabulous specialty flavors. 

What’s your most popular item?
Our Butterscotch White Chocolate Blondie is by far the most popular. People don’t expect to love it as much as they do. But once they taste it they’re addicted. 

What’s your morning routine?
Laura, yoga. Lorin, SoulCycle. Then we both have lots of coffee, open the bakery, get our orders together and start baking!

Favorite NYC coffee shop?
The Bean. They have amazing coffee, snacks and it’s a great spot to hang out.

Favorite restaurant?
For lunch everyday we go to Village Yogurt on Sixth Ave. It’s the best kept secret in the city. We also love Prime Meats, Mile End, Rubirosa, St. Anselm and anything Blue Ribbon. 

Clothing item you couldn’t live without?
Our HBB t-shirts, of course!

UrbanSpace Meatpacking QR Code

September 6, 2012

Coming soon to the market! You’ll be able to simply scan this code with your smart phone and be directly sent to our information website!

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FNO at UrbanSpace Meatpacking

September 4, 2012

Fashion’s Night Out is one of the biggest and most fun nights of the year, and we are certainly celebrating in style at UrbanSpace Meatpacking. After a buzzing opening weekend, we are thrilled to kick off New York Fashion Week on Thursday. Our vendors will be providing a flurry of mini cupcakes, champagne, exclusive items, and even a mini carnival with cotton candy, prizes and games! What could be more fun? We will be opened extra late, and official FNO events will be happening from 6-11pm. Escape the overcrowded traditional hotspots and relax in our open air market with incredible fashion and food picks. You’ll definitely need to refuel after all that shopping!

Looking forward to seeing you at UrbanSpace Meatpacking for Fashion’s Night Out – cheers!

HumbleChic.com is a finely curated e-commerce boutique, showcasing clothes and accessories by small, independent designers at accessible prices. The up and coming brand began selling at pop-ups in 2011, and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen to add UrbanSpace Meatpacking to their roster! Time Out New York caught on in March, and the brand has been on the rise ever since.

Check out the goods here: HumbleChic.com

A favorite at the URBANSPACE offices Paisley Belted Dress, $68

Tory Zip Wallets, $28

For Immediate Release

NEW POP-UP MARKET URBANSPACE MEATPACKING SET TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 1ST

 More Than 60 Shops and Eateries Will Be Nestled Under the Highline

New York, NY — August 2012 — From the creators of the award winning DeKalb Market in Brooklyn and Camden Lock in London, comes the ultimate pop-up market, UrbanSpace Meatpacking. Slated to open September 1st, UrbanSpace Meatpacking will feature cult food favorites like Roberta’s Pizza, Red Hook Lobster Pound and Mexicue, along with refined fashion retailers such as NFP Studio and Humble Chic.

Open seven days a week, UrbanSpace Meatpacking brings together some of NYC’s best food and retail artisans in one place, uniting people over good food and affordable, unique shopping. Over 60 vendors will come together under The Highline at the intersection of Washington and 13th Streets directly across the street from the Standard Hotel.

The centerpiece of UrbanSpace Meatpacking will be the Mixology Garden, a high-end juice bar serving fruit and vegetable juices, infusions, and smoothies. The Garden will act as a refreshing detox center in the midst of the bar-studded Meatpacking District.

“We are thrilled to be able to open a market in the Meatpacking District, ” said Eldon Scott, President, Urban Space. “We have an amazing and eclectic mix of vendors from food to fashion that will complement the high energy vibe of the area.”

UrbanSpace Meatpacking will offer fresh designs and inspired food from specialty vendors such as: Insiders 1, Kira Kira Jewelry, Bellero Design, Asia Dog, Arancini Bros, La Sonrisa and Steve’s Ice Cream.

Located at the center of “New York’s most fashionable neighborhood,” according to New York Magazine, UrbanSpace Meatpacking brings a sense of community to the area, providing a collaborative meeting place for artists, designers, chefs and tastemakers.

ABOUT URBAN SPACE

Urban Space began with the successful UK launch of Camden Lock Market in 1979. The Company first expanded to New York in 1989 with the Grand Central Holiday market and has since run many popular pop-up locations including the Union Square and Columbus Circle Holiday Markets, Mad Square Eats, and Brooklyn’s DeKalb Market.

Urban Space gives rise and selling power to local, independent designers and retailers, attracting thousands of visitors, and offering a unique shopping and food experience.

To find out more about UrbanSpace Meatpacking, visit http://www.urbanspacenyc.com/

 

For more information, contact:

Lula Brown

Lula@urbanspacenyc.com

The fashion authority, Racked NY, caught the buzz on UrbanSpace Meatpacking! Check out the full story at Racked NY!

Welcome to August in New York City – land of smoothies, salads and green juice. The last thing we’re craving is a heavy meal. That being said, we decided on a vegetarian meal that can easily be made vegan for this month’s recipe. Centered around quinoa, the complete protein superfood, this meal is hearty yet refreshing.

We started with market fresh heirloom tomatoes from our friends over at Marlow & Daughters, and stuffed them with a nutritionally dense pilaf of quinoa, black beans, red onions, cremini mushrooms, summer squash and chia seeds. Chia seeds are total nutrition superstars, boasting complete protein, omega 3 oils and fiber! They’re totally flavorless but can add so much to the nutrition profile of a dish.

We spiced things up with our favorite summer seasoning blend. Conceived by our recipe tester, it’s a delicious and fool-proof combination of sweet and spicy. After scooping out our gorgeous tomatoes and stuffing them with the mouthwatering mixture, we topped one or two off with an egg, because, well, a sunny-side egg makes everything better.

Egg yolks contain choline, which aids heart health, and vitamin B-12, which reduces stress and increases focus. The yellow centers also contain magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium, and it’s hard to deny the rich flavor they add to this rather light dish.

The secret star of this meal was the dressing – a special pesto made of fresh basil, seeds of your choice, olive oil, green hot sauce and salt. Swipe the pesto underneath the tomatoes when plating or drizzle on top – get creative and enjoy!

 

Ingredients

3-5 large heirloom tomatoes

3-5 organic farm fresh eggs

 

filling

1 cup quinoa

1 cup black beans

1 small red onion

10 cremini mushrooms

2 summer squash

¼ cup chia seeds

3 tablespoons hot sauce of choice

2 tablespoons dark agave nectar

salt to taste

 

pesto

1 cup seeds of choice

2 bunches basil

green hot sauce

½ cup olive oil

salt to taste

 

Email Lula@urbanspacenyc.com with any health or recipe questions!


Inspired by architecture and sculpture, Gail Travis of New Form Perspective is revolutionizing the way we view clothes, creating pieces of art that can be shifted and transformed depending on individual style and functional needs. Beginning September 1st, NFP will have a new home at UrbanSpace Meatpacking, right at the center of the pulsing Meatpacking District. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Travis on board, and were excited to learn more about her magnetic pieces.

LB: Where are you from, and what inspired you to start NFP?

GT: I’m originally from Ithaca, NY.  I moved to NYC after graduating Cornell University in 1999 (acquired 2nd degree through FIT studying knitwear design in Florence, Italy). After working in the high-end fashion industry for 8 years I desired to design a product that was not driven by trend or market direction.  I wanted to develop something more purposeful and useful for consumers while infiltrating my love of sculpture and architecture.

LB: When was NFP born?

GT: The physical business began in Fall 2008 when I relocated to Beacon, NY from Brooklyn to have access to more space and freedom of thought.  The official launch of the first NFP “series” was Fall 2009. Conceptually I have always “played” with my clothing to minimize my wardrobe. I thought to try and see how knitwear designs would translate solely based off of sculptural lines and the beautiful shapes that organically formed.  I then added calculated snap placements to aid in multiple ways to wear the individual pieces.

LB: Which contemporary designers do you relate most to?

GT: I relate strongly to the Japanese and Scandinavian design aesthetic.  I have great respect for Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan, and Yoehlee.

LB: Who is your primary demographic?

GT: The line caters to a wide demographic due to the versatility and uniqueness of the product.  Typically women ranging from 25 – 55 with an eye for unique design and multi-function for their active lifestyles.

LB: What kind of materials do you use?

GT: With the sweaters I use only natural fibers to maintain the true beauty and essence of the yarns.  I use mainly 100% Superfine Merino Wool, silk and 100% cotton fibers.  Each design is sustainable in its ability to mold into different forms ultimately offering at least 2 or 3 different styles within one garment.

LB: What’s your definition of community?

GT: A feeling of understanding and kindness towards others. For me community is in its most true form when people physically get together and share energy and ideas that ultimately encourage new ways to see all viewpoints.

LB: What is your favorite place in NYC?

GT: I would have to say the open plaza at Lincoln Center.  A culmination of architecture, movement, sound and sculpture that always gives me a complete sense of peace.

LB: Do you have a spiritual practice?

GT: I have a regular Bikram yoga practice.  I find that it helps to keep my awareness to now, and not lose site of being in the moment – no matter what it is!  Embrace challenges of all types as positive building blocks.

LB: Coffee or tea?

GT: I go through phases. Right now I couldn’t live without coffee!

LB: What would you be doing if you hadn’t started NFP?

GT: Would have to be some version of multi-functional design, possibly industrial or furniture design.

Travis embodies the spirit of our markets, and is clearly a true fashion visionary – we couldn’t be more pleased that she is a part of UrbanSpace Meatpacking!