This Week in Chelsea: August 5-11, 2019

Tuesday, August 6: Plaza Ribbon-Cutting | The Meatpacking District Initiative BID is hosting a ribbon-cutting for the formal opening of the Gansevoort and Chelsea Plazas. It caps over four years of construction, and has created over 20,000 square feet of public space. Drop by to say, “Hello,” and help celebrate the district’s revival. This 10am Aug. 6 opening event is held at Gansevoort Plaza (btw. Gansevoort & Hudson Sts.). For more info, visit

Welcome to the neighborhood: Aug. 6’s ribbon-cutting celebrates the opening of Gansevoort and Chelsea Plazas. Photo by Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media, via



Tuesdays: Sunset Salsa | Learn the steps, then stay to show off your new moves, when you beat feet to Hudson River Park’s Sunset Salsa series (with Talia Castro-Pozo). Every Tuesday, through August 27. Lessons: 6:30-7:30pm and open dance, 7:30-9pm, at Pier 45 (at Christopher St.). For more info, click here.

Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance Free Fitness Events | It’s summer and you’re going to sweat anyway, so why not get some exercise while you’re at it? HYHK offer a variety of opportunities to do just that. Mondays at 6:30pm, it’s the Fitness Bootcamp, led by Ruel Davis. Sign up here:

Every Tues., Wed., and Thurs. at 6pm, wind down from the workday with Yoga Afternoons, where you’ll move mindfully through yoga poses accessible to all. Sign up here:

Saturdays at 10am, start your weekend on a relaxing note, with the Yoga Flow class, where you’ll flow through a chaturanga, with Malorie as your guide. Sign up here:

Sundays at 11:30am, HYHK’s Friends and Family Yoga is an open-level class accessible to all members of the family. Sign up here:

All of these free events take place in Block 2 of Bella Abzug Park (W. 34th St. btw. 10th  & 11th Aves.). For more info on what HYHK has to offer, visit




Good stuff from Meredith’s Country Bakery. | Photo via

Saturdays at Down to Earth Farmer’s Market | Every Saturday, 9am to 4pm through December 21, East of Ninth Ave., on the north side of West 23rd Street, is the place to be—for good green stuff and more. This Westchester, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens market welcomes SNAP benefits—just stop by the manager’s tent to use your EBT card.

Here are just a few of the participating vendors, and what they offer:

–Plants, flowers, and certified organic fruits and vegetables from Echo Creek Farm

–Ready-to-eat and vegan options from Pickle Licious

–Baked goods and gluten-free options from Meredith’s Country Bakery

–Pantry items, sauces, and seasonings from Arlotta Food Studio

–Breads from Orwashers Bakery

In recent Market News, they note, “We are pleased to introduce brown bin compost drop-off this season at the Manager’s Tent. A BIG thank you to our community hosts, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen for allowing us to participate in their program.”

Elsewhere around the neighborhood, their Hudson Yards incarnation is open Thursdays, 8:30am to 4pm, through November 21. It’s hosted by the Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance.

For more information about Down to Earth Farmer’s Market, visit


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