CB4: Home of the Artistic and Free

Posted on September 24, 2009 |

Community Board #4 of Manhattan belongs to Chelsea.Community Board #4 of Manhattan belongs to Chelsea.

If you've ever walked down 8th Avenue from 16th to 27th Street, you may have noticed an illuminating array of rainbow flags... aka Gay Pride!If you’ve ever walked down 8th Avenue from 16th to 23rd Street, you may have noticed an illuminating array of rainbow flags… aka Gay Pride!

8th Avenue is particularly known for its LGBT-friendly restaurants and store locations.  Although I could not find a distinct statistic of the gay community within Chelsea, it is repeatedly referred to as “large,” and is considered one of the centers of New York City culture.

This fact isn’t hard to believe once you take a visit down 10th and 11th avenue, maneuvering between 16th and 27th Street.  It doesn’t take a good eye to realize the overflow of art galleries down every block.

Walking down 22nd Street (btw 10th&11th) I passed nearly 15 or so galleries by the time I reached the end.  With over 350 art galleries in this district alone, there's no wonder why Chelsea is also so revered for its art.Walking down 22nd Street (btw 10th&11th) I passed nearly 15 or so galleries by the time I reached the end. With over 350 art galleries in this district alone, there’s no wonder why Chelsea is also so revered for its art.

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I chose the district of Community Board 4 (Manhattan) for the hope of finding some juicy story about some janky art dealership, or to gain the inside scoop on something brewing up in this vibrant neighborhood based upon gay rights, or whatever-may-have-you.  But in the end, I was left with nothing more than a bike lane on 8th and 9th Avenues.  At first intake, it seemed pretty much uninteresting, until I found that it’s actually the FIRST of its kind– that is to have protected bike lanes.

Businesses around the area have tried to fight it, due to a fear of it affecting their customers, but during the past two years since its been in affect, there has been no substantial evidence of such.Businesses and Merchants around the area have tried to fight it, due to a fear of it affecting their customers, but during the past two years since its been in effect, there has been no substantial evidence of such.

While inquiring more about the situation, a biker-friend of mine told me his point of view: "It's cool and all, but no one really rides around that way anyway... it's pretty much boring and useless."While inquiring more about the situation, a biker-friend of mine told me his point of view: “It’s cool and all, but no one really rides around that way anyway… it’s pretty much boring and useless.”

So in the end, I guess there really wasn’t much buzzing in Chelsea for me on the day I decided to explore- though you may have a different experience.  The neighborhood is laid back, cozy.  The residents are happy and free.  The art is only a few blocks away, and the grilled chicken sandwhich I had was killer!

 

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