This Week In & Around Chelsea: March 4-10, 2024

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

MCB4 Full Board Meeting / West Side Community Fund Grant Applications / The Greater Good Series / A View From Today: Contemporary Landscapes / Bingo Night / From 50 the Future: A Hip-Hop Exhibit at Chelsea Market / Apply to Serve on Your Manhattan Community Board  /

Manhattan Community Board 4 (MCB4) Full Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 6:30pm Online & at Pier 57 Classrooms (25 11th Ave. at W. 15th St.) | The full membership of MCB4 convenes March 6, for the third time under the leadership of Jessica Chait (click here for our Q&A with MCB4’s new Chair). Click here to view the agenda and draft versions of letters generated by individual committees and voted on by the Board’s full membership. But that’s not the only thing on the agenda. Just as lively are the meeting’s other signature elements: Updates from elected officials or their reps, and a Public Session that lets you speak directly to the Board (uninterrupted, and usually for 2 minutes). To register for the meeting and view it via Zoom, click here. To view the live stream via CB4’s well-curated YouTube channel, click here. Note: Zoom registration allows you to sign up for a slot in the Public Session (click here). There will also be a sign-up sheet at the meeting for those attending in person. Registration to attend via Zoom also lets the public put their names down to speak during the Public Hearing session scheduled atop the evening’s Agenda. It gives the public a chance to weigh in on matters to be taken up by the full board later in the meeting. On March 6, there will be a Public Hearing on the PANYNJ Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Midtown Bus Terminal Replacement Project. The evening’s second Public Hearing concerns the Draft Scope of Work for Fulton & Elliot Chelsea Proposal. To sign up to speak for either Public Hearing, click here. To attend by telephone: 646-518-9805 (Webinar ID: 986 0945 5541). For info about all things CB4, their website can be accessed by clicking here. Can’t attend in real time? View it at your convenience, via its after-the-fact archiving on CB4’s YouTube channel (click here).


West Side Community Fund Grant Applications Accepted Through Friday, March 15 | The West Side Community Fund (WSCF) is a consortium of companies based on the west side of Manhattan who’ve found a common cause in their committent to financially support worthy initiatives based in Chelsea, Hudson Yards, and Hell’s Kitchen. Since its founding in 2018, WSCF has distributed over $925,000 in grants. Eligible applicants for their bi-annual grant program include neighborhood organizations, block and tenants’ associations, nonprofits, city agencies, schools, health clinics, NYCHA projects, police-community programs, religious institutions, and homeless facilities, as well as individuals who deliver services, such as teachers. WSCF grants prioritize projects serving youth, seniors, unhoused individuals, and disabled residents. The applicant as well as their proposed initiatives must be based in Chelsea, Hudson Yards, or Hell’s Kitchen; the applicant’s total annual budget must be below $15 Million; and grants cannot fund religious or partisan activities, nor programs that promote any form of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. Applications are due by Friday, March 15, and grant recipients will be announced in mid to late April. For more information—and to apply—visit To access our coverage of a celebration acknowledging 2023’s grantees, click here.

The Greater Good Series: Forums on February  27, & March 5, 6pm Online via Zoom and at The People’s Forum (320 W. 37th St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves.) | Midtown South Community Council presents this Tuesday night series of lively conversations from health and housing advocates, economists, planning experts, engineers, community groups, concerned citizens, and elected officials. The series concludes on March 5 with Urbanizing for the People. It’s moderated by Sam Stein (Housing Policy Analyst for Community Service Society), with panelists including Rob Robinson (economics professor and Human Rights Activist), Sam Turvey (RethinkNYC, Empire Station Coalition), and Lynn Marie Lewis (educator and community organizer). To attend any or all of these events via Zoom, click here to register.

A View From Today: Contemporary Landscapes by Denise Adler, Kathleen Gefell, & Ken Nelson / Free / On view through April 18 at Hudson Guild’s Guild Gallery II (119 Ninth Ave.) | Curated by Denise Jones Adler, this show brings together three artists whose approaches to landscape painting are fresh and singular. Viewing Hours: Tues. through Fri., 10am to 5pm; Sat., April 13, 1pm-4pm; and by appointment (call 212-760-9837). For more info on the exhibit, see the below flyer and/or click here to visit its destination on the Hudson Guild website.

From 50 to The Future: An Art Exhibit On View Through March 16, at Chelsea Market (W. 15th St. & Ninth Ave.) | Life-sized mixed-media paintings of influential, iconic hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and The Notorious BIG—and other biggies—populate this art exhibit all along the main concourse of Chelsea Market. The show celebrates hip-hop culture, its pioneers, contemporary artists, and how the genre will continue to evolve in the future. Curated by Creative Director Zaire Baptiste, “From 50 to The Future” features artwork from Renaissance artist Voodo Fe’, renowned street artist UnCutt Art (creator of the “Protect Yo Heart” movement), and Tyson Hall, an actor and visual artist whose artwork represents the future of hi- hop artists and their cultural impact. Adding to the visual appeal, an immersive component recreates the performances of famous artists. This event takes placce along the Market’s main concourse, which makes it a free, at-your-own pace event.

“From 50 to the Future” exhibit image courtesy of Chelsea Market.

Through March 8, Applications Accepted to Join Your Local Manhattan Community Board | Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine has opened Community Board applications at this link. For our recently published news item providing more details about the application process, click here. Note: Chelsea Community News recently conducted a Q&A with Jessica Chait, the new Chair of Manhattan Community Board 4. To read it, click here. Among our questions: “What should potential applicants know about the challenges and rewards of this volunteer position?” To see what it really takes to serve, click here and click here to visit, respectively, the YouTube channels of Manhattan Community Board 4 and Manhattan Community Board 5. There, you’ll find recordings of past committee and full board meetings, where the months-long (sometimes years-long) process of bringing a topic from first discussion to hard-won fruition has been preserved in Internet amber, accessible to you and yours 24/7/365. To visit, respectively, the CB4 and CB5 websites, click here and click here.


event listings compiled by Scott Stiffler


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