The Chelsea Market was once the site of the biscuit monopoly of the United States. Formerly a giant Nabisco Factory, everything from Oreos to Saltines were baked here and at the warehouse across the street which Phillips de Pury Auction house and Milk Studios now occupy. The two buildings are connected by an oxidized Art Deco pedestrian bridge, designed by Louis Wirsching Jr.
In the 1990s, Irwin B. Cohen revamped the building and turned it into the Chelsea Market we know today- unique shops and food stalls, offering a bite to eat after a day of gallery hopping, and one of the best cappuccinos in town at the Ninth Street Espresso stand. His team, Vandeberg Architects, created a market that feels like a postindustrial theme park- using the original old train shed, disused ducts, an artificial waterfall, a light up floor, and polished boulders to sit upon. The market also has rotating art exhibitions, and special events like salsa dancing classes and film screenings.
What: Chelsea Market
Where: 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets)
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