A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 15, 2004
Chelsea Market
Chelsea Market, between 15th and 16th Streets and Ninth and Tenth Avenues, opened in April 1997. It's a pleasant place to eat food or to buy food products. Every neighborhood should have one of these!

The building has a long food history. It used to be Nabisco (National Biscuit Company). Walk around here and you'll see OREO WAY.

You've stumbled upon a one-stop, NYC culinary food shop, a gourmet lover's wholesale-retail wonder world, and an energetic, industrial-chic hotspot, all meshed into an entire city block of space in the heart of West Chelsea.

Chelsea Market's 800-footlong concourse opened in April of '97, but the million square feet the market occupies has a big history that begins with the birth of the first Oreo Cookieâ„¢ and a fitting future as the home of the Food Network, NY1, Sterling Sound, Oxygen Media, and Major League Baseball Productions.

Check the calendar for events, or swing by everyday for fresh sushi and a chocolate-almond croissant. Sip a little cappuccino in a free Wi-Fi environment, decorated with stone sculptures, a new façade, copper walls, a rotating photo gallery and an indoor waterfall. Then pick up your meat, produce, wine, cheese, bread, flowers, and everything else you might need for a perfect meal.

17 April 1996, New York Times, pg. C4:
Chelsea Market, a complex of wholesale markets that will also sell to retail customers, is beginning to take shape in a building that runs from Ninth Avenue to 10th, between 15th and 16th Street. It will be open to the public at the end of May, and many or the merchants are planning to stay open 24 hours a day.
The building, a collection of 18 structures from the 1880's to 1930's, once housed a Nabisco factory.

9 April 1997, New York Times, pg. C3:
Opening in Chelsea: A Blocklong Market Filled With Food

IT took almost a year longer than expected, but the Chelsea Market, a complex of wholesale and retail food companies and food-related businesses, will open tomorrow.

Posted by Barry Popik
Restaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Wednesday, December 15, 2004 • Permalink

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