This Week in Chelsea: Week of Aug. 9-15, 2021

Artists, activate: The launch of “From a Place, Of a Place” happens Aug. 12. | Photo by Anthony Artis

Thursday, August 12, 7-9pm at 2 Gansevoort: Gallery and Exhibition Opening  | Join your fellow New Yorkers to laud the launch of From a Place, Of a Place–a three-month, five-part activation in locations throughout the Meatpacking District that “celebrates and discovers Black voices through creativity, commerce, and community in and around the District.” This special programming on the part of the Meatpacking District (a business improvement district, or BID) was fully realized via their partnership with, they note, “the amazing folks at ARTNOIR,” whose first “BID” (pun intended, and apologized for) to demonstrate their firm earning of that “amazing” assessment comes in the form of The Meeting Point. This pop-up gallery (located at 2 Gansevoort) is curated by Danny Baez and features over a dozen artists, whose work on view offers, the press material notes, “the presence of possibility and a connection to all things unseen, through the lens of Blackness.”

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP, when you click here. Having done that, you will receive up-to-date information about the COVID safety protocols that attendees will be expected to observe.




Thursday, August 12, 6:30pm via Zoom: The 13th Precinct Build the Block Meeting | Officers Demery and Zapata–the NCOs (Neighborhood Coordination Officers) of the 13th Precinct’s Sector C–invite you to join them for a virtual Build the Block meeting, on Zoom. Build the Block meetings are quarterly public gatherings of residents, business owners and workers, and other stakeholders particular to one of the designated areas comprising a particular sector, within a particular precinct.

Click here to register for the Aug. 12 meeting. For general info about the 13th Precinct, including its Community Council meetings, click here. On Twitter: @NYPD13Pct. Not sure Sector C concerns concern you? See the map to your left, for the precinct’s A, B, C, and D areas of coverage.

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

Sundays 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.

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.

Yasser Tejeda (foreground) and his band, Palter. Image via

Through Aug. 27, Sunset on the Hudson Concerts | This annual series showcasing local musicians takes place throughout Hudson River Park’s 4-mile footprint. July 21’S show at Pier 26, featuring Alsarah and the Nubatones, kicked off the 2021 series. Fri., Aug. 13 at Pier 45, it’s Dominican Republic-born, Brooklyn-raised guitarist, producer, composer, and arranger Yasser Tejeda. His debut album, 2009’s Mezclansa, earned a place among the 100 Essential Recordings of Dominican Music, as determined by that nation’s Association of Art Writers (Acroarte)–and his second album, 2019’s Kijombo, received six honors from the Dominican Republic’s inaugural Indie awards, Premios Indie, including Best Album. Find out more about the artist and his band (Yasser Tejeda & Palotre) by clicking here. The Sunset on the Hudson series continues on Thurs., Aug. 19 at Clinton Cove, with the High & Mighty Brass Band. The series concludes on Fri., Aug. 27, with Coco and Breezy, at 14th Street Park. For the series’ page on Hudson River Park’s website, click here.

 Event Listings Compiled by Scott Stiffler


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