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+Art Condo Dweller Dishes On a Changing West Chelsea

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Once the heart of New York's queer leather scene, West Chelsea and the Meatpacking District are now filled with glittering condos and high-end hotels, thanks in large part to the High Line driven renaissance. Pockets of kinky culture remain, like the Eagle gay bar and annual Folsom East fair (self-described as "bringing thousands of leather, rubber, BDSM, fetish players onto the streets"), but Jeremiah Moss has word that these may be gone before we know it. Moss recently chatted with an anonymous resident of the +Art condo building, giving an inside look at how the new neighbors are changing the neighborhood.

Located at 540 West 28th Street, the +Art building is on the same street as Folsom East, and many residents want the fair to move to a different location, mainly because anyone living in +Art has to walk through the fair to enter the building. "Residents from several surrounding buildings have passed fliers asking our residents to write to the Community Board to relocate or totally eliminate Folsom Street East because 'fetish' fairs shouldn't be allowed so close to so many residential buildings," said the insider. "There's word that a petition of some sort will be circulated but I'm not exactly sure what the details are."

For the full Q&A, head over to Jeremiah's Vanishing New York.
· Folsom East & the Eagle [Vanishing NY]
· +Art coverage [Curbed]

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540 w 28th street, New York, NY