Chelsea residents have the easiest access to all of the cultural, culinary, and High Line-related delights that have come to define this pretty, lively west side neighborhood. But still, it’s an easy trip over there for the rest of us as well–with new things to see (and eat) always popping up.
I go to Chelsea all the time, at least twice a month, to spend an hour or three walking in and out of galleries, eating my way through the Chelsea Market, and relaxing on the High Line which, despite the non-stop parade of tourists, is still one of my favorite people-watching, picture-taking spots in town. And most amazing: pretty much every time I go there’s something (or, often, many things) new and fabulous going on.
For example, recently I went to check out JR’s new mega-mural at the north end of the High Line, and it was terrific, by far the largest piece the renowned street artist has done in North America, and perfectly positioned for multiple viewing points. Very striking; very photo-op-y.
But the big surprise on the High Line was the new food “booths” down near the southern end of the elevated park, within the Chelsea Market passage at about 16th Street. I mean, there’s been some refreshing snacking available for a while now, courtesy of the People’s Pops and the La Newyorkina cart. But it’s gotten better.
The addition of kiosks from Northern Spy (the great East Village restaurant, and featuring an insanely good “Pork Sticky Bun”; that’s turnip glaze in the picture below!), Taco Truck, and Bark (from Brooklyn, and home to the best hotdogs in NYC, among other things) really ups the dining-options ante. Plus, the Terroir Wine Bar has taken over the “porch” spot right there, if you’re in the mood for a glass or two. More High Line food info can be found on their website.
After (or before) you eat at the High Line, there’s art. Lots and lots of art. With its more than 400 contemporary galleries packed into one world-class art-viewing destination (and art-buying, of course, if that’s your thing), there’s always something interesting/beautiful/amazing to discover for residents of Chelsea apartments, and everyone else who likes to discover interesting/beautiful/amazing things.
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