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Two Deaths in Under a Week — and Calls for Charter Bus Changes in Chelsea

Two Deaths in Under a Week — and Calls for Charter Bus Changes in Chelsea

BY JACKSON CHEN | Another cyclist died after being struck by a charter bus in Chelsea on Sat., June 17, less than a week following a similar incident a few streets south. At around 1:30 p.m., Michael Mamoukakis, an 80-year-old Chelsea resident, was traveling south on Seventh Ave. when he was struck by a charter […]

Train Hall Concourse Hurls Snowball of Hope at ‘Summer of Hell’

Train Hall Concourse Hurls Snowball of Hope at ‘Summer of Hell’

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | In these dark transit times punctuated with canceled and delayed trains, there is a bright spot: Two new entrances opened last week at the corners of W. 31st and W. 33rd Sts. and Eighth Ave. across from Penn Station. The bookend entrances at the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office […]

45-Story Hotel Tells Tale of Budding Flower District Changes

45-Story Hotel Tells Tale of Budding Flower District Changes

BY WINNIE McCROY | Work has begun on Gene Kaufman Architect’s new 45-story, 522-key hotel at 140 W. 28th St., in the middle of Chelsea’s rapidly changing Flower District (which the project’s press touts as “the emerging ‘Silicon Alley’ ” neighborhood). Sam Chang’s McSam Hotel Group is developing the 146,000-squre-foot hotel, which will be one […]

Illegal Demolition Rendered Residential Building Unsafe, Says CB4

Illegal Demolition Rendered Residential Building Unsafe, Says CB4

BY JACKSON CHEN | Community Board 4 (CB4) is again outraged at city agencies for allowing the destruction of another residential building at 253 10th Ave. The four-story building at the corner of 10th Ave. and W. 25th St. is currently wrapped in scaffolding and construction netting. According to a Department of Buildings (DOB) order […]

Exhibit Exemplifies the Evolution of Penn South Social Services

Exhibit Exemplifies the Evolution of Penn South Social Services

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Chelsea’s iconic beacon of affordable housing is breaking ground once again, but it’s not the type of brick and mortar project that gave rise to the 10 buildings that house 2,820 units. This new project’s construction materials are paint, graphite, charcoal, and clay — and though the works they’ve produced will […]

Green Thumbs and Elbow Grease: Chelsea Garden Club Highlights Its Pit Work

Green Thumbs and Elbow Grease: Chelsea Garden Club Highlights Its Pit Work

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY DIANA R. CABRAL | Gardeners are sprouting up like weeds in the west part of our neighborhood, but you won’t find any of those unsightly wild plants in the soil tilled by tirelessly toiling members of the all-volunteer Chelsea Garden Club. Lilies, evening primroses, and Russian sage were just a few of […]

Musical Celebration Recalls Rick Carrier’s Conservation Legacy

Musical Celebration Recalls Rick Carrier’s Conservation Legacy

BY REBECCA FIORE | The bald eagle’s origin story as America’s national bird can be traced to June 20, 1782, when the founding fathers chose it as a symbol of strength and freedom — but the bird’s history doesn’t end there. In the 1940s, while the bird’s face appeared on banks, official buildings and stamps, […]

Fearless and Funny: Eddie Sarfaty Mines Life for Big Laughs

Fearless and Funny: Eddie Sarfaty Mines Life for Big Laughs

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay comedian Eddie Sarfaty thinks everything is funny: family, relationships, politics, annoying people, really annoying people, pets, his own neuroses, other people’s neuroses, self-doubt. The list goes on and on. “If there is anything so horrible that you can’t make fun of it, I don’t ever want to know […]

Putting Gender in its Place, as Performance

Putting Gender in its Place, as Performance

BY GERALD BUSBY | Gender is a cultural phenomenon, intrinsically subjective, and has no being except as performance: This is the presupposition of Brad Calcaterra’s acting workshop, ACTOUT, at the LGBT Center on W. 13th St.  On a recent Monday, I visited the class and witnessed transgender men and women, straight and gay, come face […]

Rooted in Folklore, ‘Ain’t No More!’ Sings a Song of Our Times

Rooted in Folklore, ‘Ain’t No More!’ Sings a Song of Our Times

BY TRAV S.D. | In times of political tumult in America an interesting, possibly counterintuitive, thing seems to happen: a revival of interest in traditional American folk culture. During the Great Depression, musicians like Woody Guthrie and The Weavers revitalized American roots music while folklorists like Alan Lomax captured oceans of elusive human culture in […]

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