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.
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.
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!