This Week In & Around Chelsea: May 15-21, 2023

Happening This Week, in “This Week In & Around Chelsea”

The 13th Precinct Community Council / Pop-Up Card Rigging Academy / A Seat at the Table: Political Representation in New York’s Gay District / Artist Talk With Rooted in Humanity’s Creator / Kids at Work Sun Session / RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 27: Spring Fling Saturdays / Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea /  POSTPONED: Camp Chelsea Green–An All-Ages Spring Fling Block Party / Future Events: PANDEMONIUM at the Library / Lower Chelsea Walking Tour

The 13th Precinct Community Council Meeting: Tuesday, May 16, 6pm In-Person at the 13th Precinct (230 East 21st Street) | Held on the third Tuesday of the month—sans months taken off in July, August, and December—the 13th Precinct Community Council provides a forum where the public can interact with police officers, detectives, and top leadership from the precinct tasked with protecting and serving a southern portion of Midtown Manhattan that includes swaths of easternmost Chelsea. Council President Serge Harnett moderates, fielding questions from attendees, as answered by top 13th Precinct leadership. In advance of the meeting, please direct public safety and quality-of-life questions to Detective Vincent Arlotta at (these questions will be answered first). Note: This meeting is held live, at the 13th Precinct and, unlike most previous editions, it will not be available to attend via Zoom.

Photo courtesy of Pier 57.


Pop-Up Card Rigging Academy: Wednesdays, 6pm at Pier 57 in the Seahorse Classroom | “Ever give someone a birthday card, graduation card, or condolence card and wished you had made it yourself, and that something could spring to life upon opening said card? Well sometimes wishes do come true.” Talk about a narrative hook! If this class is as tongue-in-cheek fun to take as its descriptive text is to read—and we’ve every reason to believe that’s the case—then Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful lifelong practice of people making cards that spring to life upon opening. What’s more, the class (which its creator whimsically insists is actually an “Academy) is free of charge and no advance sign-up is necessary. Chelsea’s own Gustavo is your instructor. For more info, click here.


A Seat at the Table: Political Representation in New York’s Gay District | Thursday, May 18, 6pm at The Center (208 W. 13th St. btw 7th & 8th Aves.) | Sometimes referred to as the “gay district,” the New York City Council’s District 3 (coverage area: Chelsea, the West Village, Hell’s Kitchen) has been represented by gay people since 1992: Thomas Duane, Christine Quinn, Corey Johnson, and Erik Bottcher. All will be on hand for a conversation about historical and contemporary LGBTQ issues in the area. Admission is free, reservations highly recommended. For tickets, click here.

Artist Talk With Rooted in Humanity Creator Lori Horowitz: Thursday, May 18, 6-7pm at Hudson Guild Gallery (441 W. 26th St. btw 9th & 10th Aves.) | On the concluding day of her months-long exhibition of sculptural figures, artist Lori Horowitz gives a talk in the Hudson Guild Gallery, about her work. All are welcome! See the below flyer for details and click here for the event’s page on the Hudson Guild website.

Kids at Work Sun Session: Friday, May 19, 10:30am at Chelsea Green Park (140 W. 20th St. btw. 6th & 7th Aves.) | Friends of Chelsea Green, the big-time boosters of Chelsea’s mighty minipark, have partnered with Kids at Work for this free community music event meant for babies and toddlers aged six months through four years (older children also welcome). Teacher Sophie DeLeo leads the group in music, movement, and storysongs. Can’t attend May 19 or plan to be there and are looking for more fun to follow? Once again, Chelsea Park is the place to be, as Friends of Chelsea Green debut their “Spring Fling Block Party” event: Saturday, May 20, 10am-2pm. For more info, just keep reading (“Block Party” gets its own stand-alone listing just a little bit later in the very events roundup you’re reading right now!).

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