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Every weekend night, the cobblestone streets of the Meatpacking District are transformed into a microcosm of sexual politics. The rules that govern the city during the day are suspended; the act of looking, concealed in the daytime, is brazenly celebrated. Women, navigating the jagged streets in high heels, are confident of their presentation but unsteady in their step. A barrage of compliments and whistles accompanies them as they make their way through the space.
The formerly gritty, working-class neighborhood that used to be known for its dynamic gay nightlife and transgender sex workers, has been recently transformed into an ostentatious, high-gloss carnival for the young, single and heterosexual. The spectacle of the Meatpacking district uncannily echoes an imbalance of single women to men in New York City, with the former dramatically outnumbering the later. Emboldened by choice, the men are animated and vocal while the women are eager to put themselves on display. As the night progresses, the outdoor courtship and social interactions become looser, fueled by alcohol and expectations. Heels come off, the food carts billow thick smoke and the streets get clogged with taxis waiting to take the revelers home.

While the Meatpacking District’s seedy history of fetish houses and leather bars may have been erased by fashionable nightclubs, the area remains a sexual playground, offering a fascinating glimpse of contemporary romance.

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July 2012 - Bachelorette party passes by a man in the Meatpacking district, NYC.
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June 2012 - Two women pass by food cart vendors in the Meatpacking district.
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May 2015 - A woman fixes her makeup at the outside bar of the Dream hotel, a fashionable hotel/club in the Meatpacking district
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August 2012 - A woman in a wheelchair crosses the street helped by her two friends in the Meatpacking district.
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June 2012 - Two men check out a woman walking in the Meatpacking district.
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September 2014 - A man does pull-ups in front of his friends in the Meatpacking district.
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August 2015 - Young women stand in line to get into to a popular club in the Meatpacking district.
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June 2014 - Two men in a car pass by a group of young women standing in front of a popular restaurant in the Meatpcking district.
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June 2014 - A young woman tries to stop a car on the intersection of little west 12th in the Meatpacking district.
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September 2015 - A man grabs a passing young woman by the hand in front of the fashionable Dream hotel in the Meatpacking district.
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June 2014 - A woman adjusts her makeup in front of a hot dog cart.
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September 2015 - A middle-aged couple sit at an outside bar in the Meatpacking district.
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September 2015 - Two women change their flipflops to heels before going out in the Meatpacking district.
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September 2015 - A young couples kisses in the Meatpacking district.
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October 2014 - A group of young women sit on the street in the late hours in the Meatpacking district.
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September 2015 - A man smoking a cigar drives a convertible in the Meatpacking district.
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August 2014 - A woman crosses the cobblestone street of the Meatpacking district.
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September 2015 - A worker takes out the trash on the street of the Meatpacking district.
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August 2014 - A woman buys a hot dog late at night in the Meatpacking district.
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June 2014 - A barefoot woman and her friend cross the intersection of the Meatpacking district.