NYC’s Chelsea Market

There are millions of amazing places in New York City. I’m pretty sure that people who are far more articulate than me have written loads of books on said places, both the obvious and the hidden gems. Whatever, i’m willing throw my hat into the ring and share one my favorite places in NYC:  Chelsea Market.

When i lived in New York eons ago, Chelsea Market was pretty much undiscovered. This was pre-SATC (what was that, season four when Samantha moved to the Meat Packing District?). And yeah, Oxygen and MLB.com had offices there but there was no ‘food concourse.’ As far as i know, Colicchio and Sons and Morimoto were not even an inkling in some restauranteurs mind.  It was just the market we went to every day for lunch.

Chelsea Market is located on 9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets in NYC's Chelsea/Meatpacking District
Chelsea Market is located on 9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets in NYC’s Chelsea/Meatpacking District

The old market had a lot of character. It used to be the Nabisco Bread Factory and as such was designated a historical landmark. If i recall correctly, the designation means that the original infrastructure has to remain intact. Walls cannot be moved, anything hung has to be on wire so as not to disturb the wall or fixtures like this.

Neat details around Chelsea Market
Neat details around Chelsea Market

Yes, you can sit on the bench. Yes, i have. It’s comfortable for about 10 seconds. The historical landmark designation also protects things like this waterfall. It’s right smack in the middle of Chelsea Market. It’s only when i go back to visit now that i appreciate the character behind this waterfall. Yes, character. It’s a conversation stopper. Even a cynical NYer has to, on occasion, stop and admire the waterfall. It’s a part of history that always puts me on a path of recalling fond memories of days past.

The Waterfall inside Chelsea Market.
The Waterfall inside Chelsea Market.

It’s hard to explain why that is. I think its because the sound of water has always been soothing for me. Anyway, the Chelsea Market I remember is far different from the market it is today. However, it’s still fabulous and worth a trip and walk through if you are visiting NYC.

Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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