Landmarks in Chelsea

While many of the landmarks in Chelsea remind visitors of its industrial past, there are also many places that highlight the current culture of the area. The Church of Holy Apostles, located on 28th street and 9th avenue, is a recognized New York City Landmark. This Church’s values are consistent with Chelsea’s accepting environment; They make it clear that “the congregation is diverse in incomes, ages, careers, marital status and sexual orientation.”

The Church of Holy Apostles. Source:http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/HolyApostles.html

Furthermore, the artistic nature of Chelsea provides many personal landmarks, “visual interruptions” as Jane Jacobs calls them. As Jacobs explains, “…a good many city streets (not all) need visual interruptions, cutting off the indefinite distant view and at the same time visual heightening and celebrating intense street use by giving it a hint of enclosure and entity.” (380) These visual interruptions serve as landmarks, things that, when seen, remind visitors of where they are in a neighborhood. Chelsea has many beautiful murals that can serve as visual landmarks. The Getty Station on 10th avenue is also featuring exhibitions as it is constructed into a residence building. At the moment, it features an art installation occupied by green grass and fake sheep. It is impossible to miss or forget, and can therefore serve as a visual landmark for visitors.

The current installation, titled Sheep Station, by Francois-Xavier Lalanne at Getty Station and is just one of a series of rotating public exhibitions that will be hosted at the former Getty Station. The station has been reclaimed by Paul Kasmin Gallery as a way to bring art – and a sense of fun – to a wider array of people than those who might wander into a museum or gallery.

 

A mural on 25th street and 10th avenue. This is also visible from the High Line.

Works Cited:

Jacobs, J. (1961). The Death and Life of Great American Cities. [New York]: Random House.

“The Center of All That We Do.” Holy Apostles NYC. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.