Photo by myself around 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue, in Chelsea.
Several people were seen on the sidewalk sporting paper bags from Whole Foods on Saturday, a popular grocery store chain here in the city.
Whole Foods is often referred to as 'Whole Paycheck', because of the high prices. Regardless, people continue to shop there because the stores are huge, stocked with fresh organic produce and loads of prepared foods.
One reason for this is that I don't know Chelsea too well. I'd drop into the neighborhood to quickly whirl through Bed, Bath and Beyond, a huge housewares store, to get Brita filters. Or I'd swing by to browse at the Housingworks location on 17th Street, a nice used clothing and furniture store.
The major reason for the lack of photos, though, is...how shall I say it? Parts of the neighborhood are not so nice looking. Along 7th and 8th Avenues are a motley assortment of large new and old buildings for various superstores, that lack charm.
I'm terribly superficial, I know. But when I was in the neighborhood last month, I was reminded of the lovely side streets lined with pretty, old brownstones. There was no time at all on Saturday, so I'll have to re-visit the neighborhood soon!
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