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The Garment District

The first morning of our stay in New York we went by train from Newark to Manhattan. We arrived at Pennsylvania Station on 7th street in the middle of the Garment District. A street that we hadn’t visited before during previous visits to NY.
The Garment District, also known as the Garment Center, the Fashion District, or the Fashion Center, has nowadays a dense concentration of fashion-related uses that give the neighbourhood its name.

Clothing for slaves was initially made in the Garments District. This turned out to be cheaper than having the slaves make their own clothing.
By the 1820s an increasing number of ready-made garments of a higher quality were being produced for a broader market. The invention of the sewing machine around 1850 caused a transformation to an industrialized profession.
The high demand for ready-made soldiers uniform during the American Civil War helped the garment industry to expand further.
At the end of the 19th century, most Americans bought their clothes rather than making it themselves.

In the 7th street, between the 39th and 40th street, there are two objects that symbolize this development.
The statue "The Garment Worker" by Judith Heller and the Information Booth with the "Needle Threading A Button" statue.

Because these photos fit so well with Bev's lately posted photos of the Forge Mill Needle Museum, I dedicate this series to her.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Worker & Needle ►

■ Picture 2: ◄ The Garment Worker ►

■ Picture 3: ◄ Needle Threading A Button ►

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