Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey is an Irish bar in the Meat Packing District located on the lower west side of Manhattan. As the name suggests, this used to be a blue collar neighborhood where freshly slaughtered meats were processed in warehouses and delivered to supermarkets across the city during the day. At night, transvestite prostitues took over the area to ply their trade in dark alleys and seedy motels.

Gentrification took over about five years ago and turned this neighborhood into a hot spot for hipsters, yuppies and tourists alike. Today it is packed with restaurants, designer fashion outlets and night clubs. There is even a boutique hotel called, Hotel Gansevoort
and a private club (like a country club but in the city) called, Soho House.


pcfranchina said...

Considering the Beastie Boys song came out in 1986 or so and I didn't know it was a real drink for many years after, this photo just made me laugh. Thanks, Great photos!


Susan in Hotlanta said...

Ha! I was going to say something about that Beastie Boys song too!

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I've never heard of the song before so I searched YouTube for it. Here's a link to the song:


Thanks guys, for the added information.

ruth said...

I missed the '80s apparently. It's interesting how these NY neighborhoods change in just a few years.

lynn said...

Very interesting background to the area; thanks!

Jing said...

funny signal...who drinks beer??