This Week In & Around Chelsea: January 8-14, 2024

Here’s What’s Happening This Week In & Around Chelsea

Musicgarten / The Full Board Meeting of CB5 / Lights on the Cobbles

Photo via the Pier 57 events web page.

Musicgarten in the Seahorse Classroom at Pier 57; Free; Times & Dates Vary | Musikgarten for Babies and Toddlers, led by Rachel, is a chance for families to learn to connect with children in a musical setting. Click here for the Pier 57 events page, whose calendar lets you access info on the many well-regarded (mostly free) classes and activities Pier 57 has to offer. Pier 57 is located at 15th Street in Hudson River Park, between Little Island and Chelsea Piers. Access is from the West Side Highway.

The Full Board Meeting of Manhattan Community Board 5 (CB5): Thursday, January 11, 6pm, Online & In-Person at Xavier High School (30 W. 16th St.) | Following the “hybrid” model, CB5 requires its members to attend this meeting in person—and although the public is permitted to do the same, they’re encouraged to attend via Zoom (click here to register) or watch the livestream via CB5’s YouTube channel, on which an archived version of the proceedings will be available after-the-fact, in perpetuity. To access the full board meeting’s page on CB5’s website, click here. (That’s where you can preview the Agenda and get more general info about what to expect; those wishing to claim a two-minute slot during which they can speak their mind to the Board must attend via Zoom). Drafts of Resolutions to be voted on at the Full Board meeting will be posted on CB5’s website 24 hours prior to the meeting (click here to access the applicable CB5 website page). As for what’s on the Agenda: As of publication of this event listing, subject matter to be covered included the latest cannabis notifications to municipalities; Congestion pricing tolling recommendations from the MTA’s Traffic Mobility Review Board; and the NYC Department of City Planning’s Gaming Facility Text Amendment. (To watch an applicable video, click here.) Possible proposals for the demolished Pennsylvania Hotel site and an Empire State Development presentation on “Penn Station Public Realm” (click here for details) also figure into the expected goings-on. For further info—which is to say, for all things CB5—click here.

Snow time like the present to visit the Meatpacking District. | Photo via the disrtict BID’s webste

Lights on the Cobbles: Through January 14 in the Meatpacking District | With the holiday hubbub having come and gone (good riddance, Rockefeller tree and most types of fruitcake!), what’s worthy of your destination event time can be found throughout the Meatpacking District. Through Jan. 14, the district’s BID (Business Improvement District) brings you, as the put it, “the ultimate winter wonderland photo op in the city! This year’s enhanced installation features snow people adorned with custom accessories and our iconic abstract colonnade with reflective walls in Gansevoort Plaza. Stroll along Ninth Avenue to witness upgraded light art, glowing dandelion-filled planters, and two illuminated geometric frames for the perfect photo backdrop.” They’re not kidding about the photo op claim: The oversized, artfully lit attractions appearing alongside the old timey cobblestones and a night sky unobscured by high-rise buildings gives the Meatpacing District a look and feel that’s not just Instagrammable–it’s downright cinematic. For more info, click here.

Listings Compiled by Scott Stiffler


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