In April, 2010, I took the bus into New York City, to see art. NYC has the most extensive collection of contemporary art galleries in the world. I like contemporary art. On my rare art trips to New York City, I used to go to the galleries in the SoHo neighborhood, Manhattan, which was good. But, many galleries have moved to the west Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan. On the brochure I picked up (published by Art in America, International Review – http://www.artinamericamagazine.com – there are over 200 galleries listed. Here’s a good gallery link – http://chelseagallerymap.com/.
I generally regard New York City as Gotham City, but I seem to have developed some peace with the place. It helps that New York City is much safer than it used to be, and I finally figured out how to use the subway, which is also much safer than it used to be. It seems silly to try to find a cab unless you have to, and I find riding buses to be confusing. Subways are easier. I rode the subway in London – how hard can it be in New York City? Not hard, since I read up how to do it ahead of time. I learned the weird little quirk of the New York City subways – north is “uptown”, south is “downtown”, and pay attention to the entrance you take down to the subway. If you go into a subway entrance for “uptown”, you can’t generally cross over to “downtown” and vice versa. With those two things in mind, I was all set.
West Chelsea is fine, lovely in parts, and appropriately warehouse looking in other parts, which is great for gallery space. It’s an upscale area now. I had a fantastic wonderful time. I found a pocket park. I had lunch. I walked by the Hudson River at the Chelsea Piers. I went to about 20 galleries. There are so many more galleries to go to, next time.
Here are some photos.