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In a shining example of redevelopment and renaissance, Chelsea Market has taken a 19th-century Nabisco cookie factory and turned it into an 800ft-long food court of mouthwatering diversity. On the site where the beloved Oreo was first conceived, now more than 35 vendors sell everything from tongue-tingling hand-pulled dan dan noodles to Jamaican jerk, fine cheese and whole lobsters.
Setting the imprimatur on the market's foodie credentials, the Food Network is also headquartered here. You'll also find wine shops, vintage clothing, kitchen supplies, hipster barbers and more.