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New Meatpacking District Market to Open On Time After Permit Snafu

By Andrea Swalec | August 31, 2012 2:32pm

MEATPACKING DISTRICT — After being ordered last week to halt construction on a new outdoor market, the company behind the Union Square Holiday Market received the green light from the city Thursday to move forward with the open-air bazaar — only two days before it was set to open, officials said.

Momofuku Milk Bar, Red Hook Lobster Pound and Roberta's Pizza will have outposts at the UrbanSpace Meatpacking market at West 13th and Washington streets starting Saturday, when the 60-vendor space will debut next to The Standard Hotel.

The DOB hit the company with a stop-work order last Friday because the tents and decking that will house more than 60 trendy food vendors and retailers were being built without a permit, city records show. 

It was not immediately clear if the company will face fines for the illegal work, the DOB spokeswoman said. 

UrbanSpace president Eldon Scott said the company is looking forward to bringing popular vendors to the tourist-heavy neighborhood. 

“We are thrilled to be able to open a market in the Meatpacking District," he said in a statement. “We have an amazing and eclectic mix of vendors, from food to fashion, that will complement the high-energy vibe of the area.”

Vendors at the market next to the High Line will include Mexican-style barbecue spot Mexicue, empanada maker La Sonrisa,  Bushwick rice ball purveyors Arancini Bros. and the designer clothing company Humble Chic. 

UrbanSpace Meatpacking will open every day at 11 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday.