This Week in Chelsea: Week of June 28-July 4, 2021

Image via Down to Earth Farmers Market

Saturdays, ran or shine, 9am-3pm: Chelsea Farmers Market | Down to Earth Farmers Markets has once again put down roots in Chelsea, (on W. 23rd St. near Ninth Ave.) every Saturday, 9am to 3pm. By and large, it’s the same experience as it’s always been (fresh product, friendly people), albeit with a few notable nods to pandemic protocol: If you have not been fully vaccinated, please wear a face mask). There is no food sampling in the market, and all ready-to-eat food and drink must be consumed off site. If you have pre-ordered bring your order summary with you to speed pick up. For more info, click here for our preview of its opening day, May 15. As for a preview of this week’s July 3 market,  subscribers to their weekly newsletter saw this missive arrive in their IN box on the first day of July: “Although we’re set to get a bit of a reprieve with the hot temperatures this weekend, it’s still a great opportunity to swing by our farmers markets and grab some cool treats while you buy all your weekend cookout essentials.    Because nothing pairs better with this hot summer weather than an icy treat, if you want to beat the heat in style, it’s about time to up your game. Down to Earth Farmers Markets offer a variety of treats–from cold brew and freshly-pressed juices to ice pops and ice cream. Prefer to make your own cool and refreshing treat? Then grab some berries and honey (and more!) at the farmers markets and try this Summer Berry Crostini, Berry Blast Smoothie, or Strawberry Pepper Salsa. You can also beat the heat by forgetting your oven and whipping up some hearty salads such as: Raddish, Fennel & Beet Salad, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, and Raw Kale Salad. These icy-cool summer treats are sure to satisfy all your warm weather cravings. Check out our list of vendors below to see what treats are available to you this weekend.” We’re happy to provide hyperlinks to these great recipes–but if you want the information straight from the source (we’d make a “farm fresh” joke here if it weren’t so obvious), subscribe to the Down to Earth Farmers Market weekly newsletter by clicking here.

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Through July 11 on the High Line’s W. 14th St. Passage, Visions of Pride: Paris is Still Burning | In partnership with the LGBT Community Center (currently shuttered until at least the end of June), the High Line presents this installation featuring the work of photographers Anja Matthes, Damien Armstrong, and William Isaac Lockhart. These intimate images represent the broad range of contemporary ballroom culture in NYC and nationwide. As the Center notes, “Ballroom is no longer the shamed, hidden subculture it once was—it has spread worldwide. Houses and their families can be found in Canada, Japan, the UK, France, the Netherlands, China, and beyond.” That respect has been a long time coming, helped along by pop culture moments including, of course, the 1991 documentary Paris is Burning, as well as  Madonna’s 1990 video for Vogue and, more recently, the FX series Pose (which just finished its three-season run). To bring a more informed mind to your eyeing of the High Line exhibit, click here to visit its page on the website of The Center, and click here for its dedicated page on the High Line’s site.


Through August 24 at Clement Clarke Moore Park: NYC Salt’s Summer Exhibit Series presents Dancing With Light | If they used it for the U.S. Constitution, you’d be reading it by now. “Engage. Inspire. Empower.” is the three-word preamble to the mission statement of NYC Salt, which works to put NYC youth on a path toward college by “engaging them in a rigorous blend of professional photography instruction, one-on-one mentoring, college-preparatory workshops, and career exposure.” See how that materializes in the real world—literally—through Aug. 24, via 75 images culled from the work of NYC Salt’s high school residency students and emerging artists program. Their photographs will surround Clement Clarke Moore Park (10th Ave. & 22nd St.) on the fence and Hudson River Park (W. 29th St. and the West Side Highway).

For more information, click here to visit NYC Salt’s website.







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Newsletter Notables | As of this writing, the race for the next Manhattan Borough President was still in the nail-biting stage. No matter whose camp you’re in, take some solace in the fact that for the moment, Gale Brewer holds the reigns that steer the ship of state—toward a sea of awkward metaphors. No matter. One thing is rock solid certain: Brewer continues to put out one of the best weekly sources of COVID-19 info and pandemic recovery resources. To sign up, click here and see the right side of the page. Below, find some highlights from the June 24 edition of Brewer’s newsletter.

Tuesday, June 29, 6pm, join a virtual workshop and dialogue on community anti-racism efforts. The evening begins with a workshop on human rights law and protections against racism and is followed at 7:30pm by a dialogue with Community Boards 1, 6, 7, 12 and Chelsea’s own CB4. Register here. Also, applications are now open for the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, with grants up to $50,000 to cover lost business or costs incurred during the pandemic. The NYC Artist Corps will give 3,000 artists $5,000 grants to support a creative activity that engages with the public. The next round of applications opens July 6-20, and the following round will be open from July 27-August 10. Also for the NYC Artist Corps, NYCHA is seeking 60 artists to install temporary public murals on sidewalk sheds and construction fencing throughout the city’s public housing network, part of the City Canvas initiative. Artists receive $6,000 stipends, and all expenses will be covered. NYCHA residents or artists who have strong connections to specific NYCHA communities will be prioritized. Apply by July 5.

Vaccine Site in Chelsea | The Fulton Community Center (119 Ninth Ave.) offers COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesdays through Saturday, 10am-5pm. New Yorkers age 12 and over are eligible. This vaccination site is made possible by a partnership between Hudson Guild, Google, and Daybreak Health. Access this and other vaccination venues by visiting or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).


–Compiled by Scott Stiffler


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