On my last day in NYC I met a buddy of mine and we walked to Chelsea Market, which was my first time. In the late 1800s Chelsea Market was home to the New York Biscuit Company, however today it’s a thriving market with a host of food vendors and merchants. The structure has maintained its rugged industrial look, with wonderful wood plank floors and exposed brick walls. The building is a photographers dream, and the culinary offerings a foodie’s delight. Chelsea Market reminded me a bit of Pike Place Market in Seattle.
Above Chelsea Market, passing through the building on the 10th Avenue side, a new urban landscape called, the High Line opened a few years ago. This abandoned, elevated railroad track has been converted into an urban oasis, full of trees, foliage, seating areas and vendors. In a few years the High Line will form a continuous route between the trendy Meatpacking District and the Javits Convention Center. My buddy and I must have walked the entire length, stopping for a spell to enjoy a gourmet ice cream sandwich by Melt Bakery, which was simply delectable. Ten years ago it was the doughnut craze, then the cupcake phenomenon…my prediction is that gourmet ice cream sandwiches take the world by storm next.