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

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