Chelsea Market today
In the 1990's, the investor Irwin B. Cohen organized a syndicate to buy the principal NABISCO buildings, and over the next several years reinvented the older complex into Chelsea Market on the ground floor and re-renting the upper floors to an emerging group of technology companies. He, and his designers, Vandeberg Architects, created a long interior arcade of food stores, now a well known destination in Manhattan, as well as million dollar lofts and office accommodation elsewhere.
To walk through the Chelsea Market is to stroll through a sort of post-industrial theme park, carefully festooned with the detritus of a lost industrial culture, interspersed with food stores and restaurants. The central hall is a jumble of disused ducts, an artificial waterfall, the original train shed (served by the High Line) old signboards and other elements.
This gourmet mall features many independent establishments like Fat Witch brownies, the Green Table organic wine bar, Hugh McMahon the Pumpkin Man, Amy's Bread, Manhattan Fruit Exchange, Buonitalia and much more. Chelsea Market has established itself as a highly recommended food shopping and visitor destination - a cut above ordinary mall shopping - with tours available which include sampling the goods.