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."