The Kitchen Cooks Up a Hearty Art Fair in West Chelsea

Hanging out under the High Line
photo: Courtesy of The Kitchen

If you can't stand the heat—or if it rains—go into the Kitchen; otherwise stay outside and enjoy the west Chelsea arts center's seventh annual street fair, this one a collaboration with Friends of the High Line, who are busy turning the disused railroad structure that runs right over the site into a charming elevated park. We can't climb up there yet, but at street level there'll be a wealth of bands and choruses (emceed by Murray Hill), international fun food, and visual artists prepared to take your picture, paint your (or your kids') faces and bodies, draw your pet's portrait, and help you make masks. Or you can join a large-scale art book project about the High Line, design your own popcorn container, or wallow in New York–based independent magazines and books. In between the church-gay historic district and the Chelsea Piers driving range, anything can happen, and most of it is free.

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