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#SaveNYC: Susanne Bartsch's case for the Chelsea Hotel

By Carla Sosenko

This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Elaine's and Loehmann's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. New York icon Susanne Bartsch's legendary events have united New York's haute and demi-monde for the past 30 years. Today, her events are still the place to be, see, and be seen, from her weekly at Top of the Standard to the ultra-cool monthly Kunst in Brooklyn. She's also re-entering the art world by curating the bARTsch Inspiration series which launched in the Chelsea Hotel Gallery. The next installment will be presented during New York Fashion Week, and in October in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art/PS1. Here, her take on what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving.

The Chelsea Hotel, et al

"I love history. And I live in the Chelsea Hotel, which is FULL of it. What would we do without it’s friendly ghosts? The Chelsea’s like my mom. I feel safe here and secure. The West Village wouldn’t be what it is without the winding cobblestone streets lined with townhouses and trees. The Public Library is beautiful, essential, I love it there. Central Park. What would we do without our beautiful park?! I love the flea markets around the city, they’re the basis of my wardrobe! The chaos and color and sights and smells of Chinatown. I really miss the way Orchard Street used to be. I also love the various mercantile districts around the city. Broadway from about 26th to 33rd Street, for example. The places where you find the mad hatter mix of everything from old-school women's foundation garments and hip-hop bling to wigs: all items I’ve worn I might add!" 


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