When I lived in NYC back in the 90’s I remember the small café at the corner of Eighteenth Street and Eighth Avenue (named, aptly, Eighteenth and Eighth) as Chelsea’s “ground zero” (before that term went tragically out of style). It was one of my favorite spots for meeting friends, first dates, and just having a quiet cup of coffee.
Time marches on, however, and here’s how that Chelsea corner looks now. They’re in the process of clearing the way for a new pillar of six-story condos.
It’s always interesting (and a bit jarring) to see a chunk of Manhattan simply vanish from one day to the next.