Ditching the Meatpacking District for New Jersey

By Tom Liddy on May 14, 2011 3:38pm 

Downtown meat purveyor DeBragga & Spitler planning to move to Jersey.
Downtown meat purveyor DeBragga & Spitler planning to move to Jersey.
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By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MEATPACKING DISTRICT - Where's the beef?  Apparently it's heading to Jersey.

What is believed to be the largest remaining meat company in the Meatpacking district is heading across the Hudson, according to a published report.

The move puts DeBragga & Spitler among the hundreds of meatpackers and slaughterhouses that have left the neighborhood, which has transformed into a nightclub and restaurant hotspot, the Wall Street Journal said.

The departure of DeBragga, which moved to the area in the 1940s, would leave only seven meat companies in the Gansevoort Market cooperative.

"Everybody's gone," said George Faison, a partner in the company, according to the paper. "They went to the Brooklyn Terminal Market or they went to Hunts Point and some of them moved to New Jersey."

DeBragga plans to build a $2.5 million warehouse in Jersey City and move in October.

Some of the space in the Manhattan facility will be go to the Whitney Museum, the report said.

"Do I think in 25 years there's going to be a meat market here?" asked another partner, Marc Sarrazin. "No."

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