Chelsea, Lately

  • No Longer Empty, which stages art exhibitions in vacated storefronts, is currently hosting a re-creation of New Orleans' Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar that burned down in 1973, killing 32 people in a never-solved case of arson.

    Property Shark

  • Capitalizing on the street's new cachet, the Highline Ballroom was opened in 2007 by the Bensusan family, proprietors of the Blue Note and B.B. King Blues Club.

    Brian Letwin

  • The question endemic to New York City life: Where, given the straitjacket constraints of real estate, to keep your gargantuan wine collection? A cellar in Chelsea, of course, hence Chelsea Wine & Storage.

    Brian Letwin

  • Nothing encapsulates New York's last half-century like a factory that once cranked out Oreos and Saltines now selling artisan cheese and $6 cupcakes.

    Brian Letwin

  • At the Del Posto hotel last Wednesday, teenage girls wept as B-list TV stars-among them Molly Shannon, Jason Lee and Angie Harmon-scuttled into black SUVs following the Turner upfront.

    Brian Letwin

  • Designed by St. Vincent's architect Albert Ledner, the Maritime Hotel proves portholes lend themselves better to luxury, cruise-themed lodgings than to health care facilities.

     

    The Cuckoo Club soiree, at the farcically kung-fu-themed Hiro Ballroom, is hosted by high-femme icon Amanda Lepore.

    Brian Letwin

  • Ex-model-cum-literary consort Padma Lakshmi did some post-Salman-split apartment shopping at the glass-sheathed exhibitionists' siren. The address once housed the American Institute of Phrenology, which, considering certain Rushdie-Lakshmi cranial disparities, could've saved everyone a lot of trouble.

    Brian Letwin