in recent years ruthless over-development has stripped all of the character from this once quietly industrial corner of lower manhattan. years ago, a walk along the empty streets on a weekday afternoon was a restorative, reflective experience. new york as it was. new york as it should be. regrettably, there’s nothing serene about the new meatpacking district. sad, because you can never get back what has been so unceremoniously and heartlessly removed.