An Art-lover’s Guide to Checking Out Chelsea


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The Rubin Museum of Art hosts a impressive permanent collection that showcases the beauty of Himalayan art.

Liv Chai, Staff Writer

Oh Chelsea, so far yet so close. The allure of the cobblestone lined with chic stores and the endless excitement of the High Line is just one facet of this stylish area. Chelsea broke ground in 1750 when Thomas Clarke, an Englishman, purchased a small piece of land by the Hudson River. He proclaimed it “Chelsea” in honor of a soldier’s home in London. His grandson, Clement Clark Moore, also known as the author of “The Night Before Christmas,” was given the land and allowed it to develop into the glorious Chelsea it is today.

The stunning Rubin Museum of Art, originally a part of Barney’s department store, is the place to visit if you’re in the mood to experience the beauty of Himalayan art. Other than its permanent collection, traveling exhibits are often hosted by the museum, in addition to many other events — some are free and others require a ticket. The museum currently offers mindful meditations, Tibetan astrology and ‘Spiral Music.’

If you’re looking for a gift for a birthday or you’re just in the mood to treat yourself, stroll into STORY. With the “point of view of a magazine,” that “changes like a gallery” and “sells things like a store,” STORY reinvents itself every four weeks, curating a whole new feel with the goal of bringing to light a new theme, trend or issue.

Angel Street Thrift Shop is the place to go if looking for a new thrift shop that also donates its proceeds to charity. With a wide array of unique pieces to thrift from and with an intention to help the community, what more could you ask for?

Even if you aren’t a theater fiend, stop by and soak up the creative spirit at the world-renowned Atlantic Theater Company. The theater has acquired 85 awards, including the Tony Award-winning productions “Spring Awakening” and “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” to name a few. Currently “Describe The Night” is running throughout November and December to be followed by “Hangmen” in January.

For a thoroughly compelling and unique gallery to visit, Milk Galleries should be at the top of your list. Other than the most recent “The Real Buy” exhibit that featured Trevor “Trouble” Andrew’s famous GucciGhost collection for Gucci, which garnered quite a large crowd, the gallery has an extensive history of exhibitions that succeed endlessly in capturing people’s attention. The next exhibit, “Tickets,” by Hunter Barnes, will be available to view on Nov. 3 and will showcase Barnes’ lively travels with the World of Wonders Sideshow — a brash version of a circus.

The Kitchen is serving up an immersive cultural experience. One of the oldest non-profits in the city, The Kitchen has served as a space for many artists in different fields. From installations to live performances, The Kitchen has much to offer and won’t disappoint as a place to view art in its many forms.

In addition to these places, explore the stunning architecture of the historic churches and peruse the historic district from West 19th to West 23rd Streets.

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