This Week in Chelsea: July 28-August 4, 2021

Through Sept. 22 at Hudson Guild’s Gallery II, The Portrait Project: Paintings of Hudson Guild Community Members by Rusty Zimmerman | As we noted in this recent article, Chelsea’s vital community center is back in the brick and mortar business, having resumed live theatrical performances and, with this exhibit, gallery viewings. See the below flyer for details, and click here to visit the Hudson Guild website.
Through Aug. 27, Sunset on the Hudson Concerts | This annual series showcasing local musicians takes place throughout Hudson River Park’s 4-mile footprint. Last week’s July 21 show at Pier 26, featuring Alsarah and the Nubatones, kicked off the 2021 series. On July 29 and Aug. 4, both Thursdays, the performers are, respectively, Koku Gonza at Pier 45 and Zach Comtois at Pier 64. Fri., Aug. 13 at Pier 45, it’s Yasser Tejeda. Thurs., Aug. 19 at Clinton Cove, it’s the High & Mighty Brass Band. The series closes out on Fri., Aug. 27, at 14th Street Park. For the series’ page on Hudson River Park website, click here.

Saturdays, rain 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.). 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. Subscribe to the Down to Earth Farmers Market weekly newsletter by clicking here. In each newsletter, you will find the origin story of a certain product available for purchase.

Fred Cookinham, one of the Flatiron tour guides. | Photo courtesy of flatiron district.nycSundays at 11am: Free, In-Person, Historic Flatiron Walking Tours | The Flatiron Partnership (the area’s soon-to-expand BID) has marked another milestone in NYC’s return to “normalcy” (in a town like this, that word always needs quotes), now that their brick and mortar tour of the Flatiron area has returned. The tours tells you all about iconic area structures including the Flatiron Building, New York Life Insurance Building, MetLife Clock Tower, and Appellate Courthouse. Having gone online during the pandemic, a rotating trio of historians will return to earth, so to speak, to lead the tours: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards; Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker; and, Fred Cookinham, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. The tours take place weekly, Sundays at 11am. For info, click here.

Tues., Aug. 3, 12-6pm: National Night Out | Join the police officers of Chelsea’s 10th Precinct and its Community Council, as well as and NYPD Housing PSA 4 for a BBQ, live DJ, games and more. At W. 17th St. btw. 9th & 10th Aves. (Fulton Houses). See the below flyer for details.

Compiled by Scott Stiffler

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