This Week in Chelsea: January 2-8, 2023


Manhattan Community Board 4’s Full Board Meeting / Free Reading from Three Authors with New Works / Erik Bottcher’s Monthly Housing Clinic / Winter Wonderland Photo Ops in the Meatpacking District / Two Art Exhibits at Hudson Guild Spaces / Basketball Clinic and Glow in the Dark Pickleball at the Chelsea Recreational Center

Full Board Meeting of Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4): Wednesday, January 4, 6:30pm via Zoom| The fist full board meeting of 2023 starts with CB4’s full membership reviewing letters generated by its 8 committees–for approval, or approval pending agreed-upon changes. There is the opportunity for public participation via signing up to speak prior to CB4’s presentation on Bayview building. The Public Session also afforts you the opportunity to speak before the board on any topic, or topics, of your choosing. Click here for info on how to register and to find out more about Agenda Items that have generated sustantial participation by the public at prior CB4 meetings (the Penn South Dog Run; West 22nd Street’s Open Street).

Free Reading from Three Writers with New Books: Friday, January 6, 7pm-8:30pm at Hudson Guild Elliott Center (441 W. 26th St. btw. 9th & 10th Aves.), Gural Room, first floor

Hudson Guild hosts three authors, each reading from their latest work, on Fri., Jan. 6.

Michele Herman, Michelle Tokarczyk, and Alvin Eng will read from their works, followed by the trio serving as panelist participants, in a post-reading a discussion moderated by Jonathan Kuhn. Books will be available for purchasing and signing, and light refreshments will be served. Michele Herman, teacher at The Writers Studio and developmental editor, will read from her first novel, Save the Village. Michelle M. Tokarczyk, professor emerita of English at Goucher College, will read from her poetry book, Galapagos:Islas Encantadas. Alvin Eng, playwright/author, educator, and acoustic punk raconteur, will read from his memoir Our Laundry, Our Town: My Chinese American Life from Flushing to the Downtown Stage and Beyond.

NYC Council Member Erik Bottcher’s Monthly Housing Clinic: Tuesday, January 10 | On the second Tuesday of every month, 4pm-6pm, Chelsea’s 3 Council Member, Erik Bottcher, hosts this free clinic that pairs District 3 residents with an attorney-in-the-know, who will hear about your housing challenges and recommend actions to eliminate or mitigate the situation. To schedule an appointment, send an email to

A Winter Wonderland Photo Op in the Meatpacking District | As charismatic as they are geometric, the Snow People of the Meatpacking District are on display now and ready to pose with you for an only-in-New-York photo op that travels just as well across town as it does across the (snow?) globe. Click Here  for details on this interactive happening presented by Meatpacking (the Meatpacking Business Improvement District).

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