7 Blocks: Chelsea

February 24, 2012 2:02:39 PM PST
When people step out into the Chelsea section of Manhattan, they walk right into the shadow of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the internationally recognized college for design, fashion and business. Everyone is able to enjoy the world famous museum for free.

"We have a permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments from the 18th century to the present," said Museum Curator Valerie Steele.

Along with the permanent collection, the museum routinely features exhibitions. Currently, the "Impact" exhibition pays tribute to 50 years of fashion with the most famous designers of the world, having picked an item out of their own collections that they feel best describes the impact their work has on the fashion world.

Along 28th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenue, is New York's flower district. Wholesale retailers have so much to offer, showcasing their wide variety right on the street from fresh cut flowers to exotic plants.

One block away from the subway stop is Chelsea Park. Baseball diamonds, handball and basketball courts as well as multipurpose spaces draw athletes from around the area. Built in 1910, a World War I memorial known as the Chelsea Doughboy Statue marks the location.

A block-and-a-half away from the stop in the opposite direction is the world famous Stellar Adler Studio of Acting; its alumni are the who's who of acting. Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are just two of many to mention, yet it is not the only acting studio near the subway stop.

About three blocks from the stop is the Tada Youth Theater. For 28 years, the company has been teaching kids the ins-and-outs of musical theater. It also has famous alumni such as Rickie Lake and Josh Peck.

"Tada is a youth theater," said Janine Nina Trevens, co-founder of Tada. "We do original musicals performed exclusively by kids for family audiences, and we have classes and camps all year long."

Meeting the needs of theater lovers, young athletes, florists and the fashinoistas in many people, all can be found within 7 blocks of the 28th St. subway stop in Chelsea.