In celebration of my opinionated listicle “Chelsea Pride” being published in The Observer, here are 24 places that I adore in Chelsea.

  1. The wisteria tree on 21st between 9th and 10th Avenue.
  2. Empire Diner. Their Old Fashioned is the only way to start a weekend.
  3. Visionary Optics. For your MYKITAs.
  4. Appellation Wines. Natural, organic, or biodynamic wines.
  5. Spruce. The bouquets are perfection.
  6. Authentiques. Just stop by.
  7. The Commons. Iced Americanos.
  8. Spear Physical Therapy. When you need it.
  9. Masion 140. Accent pillows etc.
  10. Monmarte. The back garden is for swooning.
  11. Rhong Tiam. Sit in the window and stare at Gym Bar.
  12. Cheim Read. Because they represent so many greats–specifically Ghada Amer.
  13. Joyce Theater. Season tickets always delight.
  14. New London Pharmacy. Reminder: NYC is a small town.
  15. Sid’s Bikes. Linus bikes. Spin shorts. Free air hose.
  16. Bathtub Gin.  Notably Wasabassco Burlesque on Sundays and Tuesdays.
  17. 192 Books. Art books.
  18. The man who sells the bubble guns on 23rd and 6th Avenue.

    Most mornings on the southwest corner of 6 and 23

    Most mornings on the southwest corner of 6 and 23

  19. Le Zie. Spagetti and Meatballs.
  20. Malin + Goetz. Must-haves galore.
  21. Foragers Market Chelsea. They sell Coohaus ice cream cookie sammies.
  22. The High Line. Every night, after dark.
  23. Billy’s Bakery. Where I’m celebrating the publication of this listicle.
  24. Chelsea Piers Sports Center. (It’s Melinda that goes to four different gyms!)

Happy Pride. This month and always. xx