New York is my kind of thing. Waiting in line for street meat at midnight, wandering dark streets in search of noodles at 10 pm and chili dogs at 10 am. The smell of a man in expensive cologne closely followed by the smell of rotten garbage. Leaving a broadway show with a celebrity cast to find a big fat rat perched a top a fire hydrant. Elevator doors opening with clowns inside and elevator doors closing with you surrounded by no one that speaks English. Male models serving you drinks from trade show booths an older Italian woman yelling “IT’S NOT A GOOD DAY UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN YOUR MOUTH!” as you pass by her shop on the street.

The city exhausts me, to my bones. It is a whole new exhilarating brand of tired. And I love it. This was my fourth time going to New York City and my first time going to Chelsea Market. If I were to be reincarnated as a place on this planet, may it be Chelsea Market and may I come back without a gluten allergy.

moving bread.making bread. bread. carbs sandwiches. hi. yes please. lucy's whey cheese store statue. mural. jo and michael chelsea market hallway foot traffic. crabs. coffee shop. imports store. lobster place seafood market. Chelsea Market Tarts oranges. oysters @eatmeaty


  1. What a great post – loved it! It was my 4th time in NYC too. Never tire of this fabulous city. What awesome pictures you posted!

  2. You are getting better and better every day with your photography skillz! These are such great shots–love the varying perspectives.

  3. Oh, the cheese. I want more than cupcakes.


  4. We ate dinner Thursday night across from Chelsea Market and went in to see what was going on. It was later, so not much. But I am kind of sad we didn’t get back there. NEXT TIME!

  5. These are stunning, Casey. Sorry to have missed out on this particular adventure but I’m sure there is another one just around the bend…

  6. LUCKY! That place looks amazing! I have never been to NY, we are talking about going for our 10th anniversary. Fun!

  7. I NEED that chocolate mousse tart. I really, really need it now.

    I’m pretty sure that photo made my salivatory glands weep.

    *sigh* I love NY.

  8. Yeah, yeah, great pictures, as usual.


    What I am most tickled about is the knot in your dress. It’s awesome.

    I was sorry I didn’t get to meet you at BlogHer—maybe next year!

    Casey Reply:

    @Camille, That’s petitie fashion 101. AKA “so casey doesn’t fall on her face or rip her dress clean off by stepping on it.”

  9. Your pictures, and eye for them – SUPERB

  10. Let’s move there together.

    And you’re on notice for not bringing me with you to the Chelsea Market Of My Dreams.

  11. I love these photos! Especially the imports market.

    And the last one – so traditional looking, and yet it’s a sign about twitter. That’s my favourite.

  12. “Come in for Cheese”?!?


    Great set! I might be moving soon and “New York” has been buzzing like a gnat in my ear. This didn’t help.

  13. You make me want to hop in my car and drive up to NYC! I’d be there in 3 hours and could scarf all this down!!!!

  14. It looks amazing. I love the foot traffic photo. I love all of them, really, but wow your pictures just come to life.

  15. although i’ve lived in the city (well, queens) for more than three years now and have been in the metro ny area almost my whole life, i’ve never been in chelsea market – always told myself i didn’t have the spare money/calories. however, you may have persuaded me to say eff it and go anyway. i stumbled across your blog on twitter and you are an amazing, honest, talented writer and photographer 🙂

  16. This totally looks like a place I could spend lots and lots of time. I could have moved in at Pikes Place Market in Seattle…this looks that way to me too 🙂

  17. Wow, I’ve been there a lot of times and I’ve never seen it looking so good! Fantastic photos. Steph, I will also take cheese over cupcakes any day. Especially if bread is also involved.

    It was nice seeing you at the Kodak event, though I got the distinct feeling you didn’t remember me from Blissdom. That’s probably because I am far more gorgeous and sexy and stylish than I was back then. Er, not.

  18. Lucy’s Whey.
    Anarchy in a Jar?

    Yeah! I want me some of that!
    What the hell is that?
    I want.

  19. Hope you also made your way to the gluten free bakery, BabyCakes, in the East Village!

  20. Pics are awesome, as usual. 🙂 Although I really want some cheese now…and bread.

  21. i love when friends come to town and spend quality time in one neighborhood–or even one spot. in this case, chelsea market.
    i love chelsea market and i would like to win the lottery and buy myself a nice little pied-à-terre and each morning, have strong coffee and crusty bread.
    your photos are lovely. i can almost smell the cupcakes!

  22. also: the next time you come to the apple, i second the recommendation for babycakes in the east village. also tu-lu’s on east 11th b/t 1st and 2nd aves. yummers!

  23. I love the market. We went for a couple hours. So sad I didn’t get to meet you in person at the conference.

  24. Oh, how lovely!

  25. Oh wow! I want to go there!

  26. This is one of my top five favorite things about my home, NYC, and one of my life goals is to retire to an apartment close enough so that my daily food is purchased there.

  27. Come in for cheese! LOL – I love that!

  28. Haven’t been to NY City in over 60 years; enjoyed the photos and your essays-you have talent, that’s for sure.

  29. Your photos are spectacular! Just went to Chelsea market this weekend..could spend days there with a camera!
    speaking of cameras- what kind are you using? do you also do a lot of editing? or is the camera that good?

    heather... Reply:

    @cakelady, it’s not the tool, it’s how you use it!


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