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The Garment Center

The Garment District, between 25th and 41st street and 6th and 9th avenue, has been the center of the fashion business in New York since World War 1, when the industry moved north from the sweat shops of the Lower East Side. Home to fur showrooms, ready-to-wear apparel firms and children's clothing manufacturers as well as milliners, button makers, and fabric and trimming shops, the Garment District still employs recent immigrants, but instead of the 19th century's Eastern Europeans, today's Garment Center workers are typically Hispanic and Asians, Other businesses have recently moved into the area - including architects and lawyers - but the neighborhood retains the bustle and congestion associated with the hundreds of small workshops and showrooms that dominate the area. 

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