75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
(212) 652 - 2110
DescriptionChelsea Market is located at 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, New York. Street level, double door entrances with handicap-assist push buttons are located on both 9th and 10th Avenues. The 10th Avenue entrance has a ramp once you are inside.
Floors are original concrete or wood that has been coated with a relatively smooth surface, although there are some ruts, scratches, etc. The long hallway, with vendors on both sides, is spacious. There are a good number of places to sit.
Very large, multi-stall restrooms, with two handicapped stalls, and baby-changing facilities are located on the lower level. There are 27 steps (or an elevator) to get there. The staircase can be found about half way through the market. Look for the sign. The elevator is a bit from there.
There are more than 35 vendors including dining establishments, food shops and retail stores.
- Doors: double doors, push button assist
Number of floors: 2
Elevators: one elevator to second floor (this is the main floor of venue)
Ramps: at 10th Avenue entrance
Steps and staircases: 27 steps to lower level
Width of aisles: spacious
Places to sit: many places to sit
Location of restrooms: on lower level
Type of restroom: multi-stall, with two handicapped-accessible stalls
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: many choices
Friendliness of staff: everyone is pleasant
Notes: *There is no designated parking garage. There are some garages nearby. Street parking can be found early on Sunday morning. ** Both entrances have push-button assist. The 10th Avenue entrance has a ramp once inside.
We had not been to Chelsea Market in awhile. Once again it was early on a Sunday morning when we were headed to the Whitney. Not having traffic, and easily finding a parking space on the street, left us with time to visit the Market for some breakfast. As we headed for Amy’s Bread I could not help but notice that some of the shops/restaurants had changed since our last visit.
The Market can be entered from either 9th or 10th Avenues. Both entrances has push button assist to enter. After entering from 10th Avenue you will encounter a ramp before getting to the stores.
With more than 35 vendors lining both sides of the long hallway I think a better name for this venue might be “Chelsea Passage.” As we walked along we were reminded of some of the bazaars we had been in, in other places in the world.
The floor is original wood or concrete from the National Biscuit Company (which the building had housed). They have been smoothly polished, although some ruts, etc. remain, making it a bit uneven.
After our coffee and pastry I had to stroll the passageway to see what was new. Some venues were open as NYC seemed to be waking up. Anything you might want; from soup to nuts, from herbs to gelato, from raw and organic to gluten free, seems to be here. Pearl River Market is there as well as a kiosk where you can purchase logo items if you want people to know you have been here.
Opened in 1997, Chelsea Market has “become one of the great indoor food halls of the world…with more than 6 million visitors annually..it is one of the most trafficked and written about destinations in New York City.” (website) We know why. There are a good number of places to sit along the way.
Large, multi-stall restrooms with two handicapped stalls and baby-changing stations are located on the lower level. The 27 steps to walk down are located about in the middle of the Market, or you can take the elevator (lift) which is not in the same location as the stairs. Look for the signs.
When we stopped by later in the day it was quite a different place from the early morning. It was now “packed!” with people enjoying the experience.
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.chelseamarket.com when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”
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